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Sheriff's Office members honored for saving lives

Posted on 09/24/2019
Sheriff's Office members honored for saving lives

This week, a packed board room applauded one citizen and 11 members of the Weld County Sheriff’s Office as they were honored by Undersheriff Donnie Patch, the Board of County Commissioners and the Colorado State Patrol (CSP) for their heroic actions in saving the lives of Weld County residents.

“It’s an honor and privilege to have you standing here before us,” Commissioner Chair Barbara Kirkmeyer said during the presentation. “We truly believe in you. We stand behind you, and we have your backs in everything we do as county commissioners. You’re the folks that are there for us when we really need you.”

Deputies Brandon Stupka and Aaron Walker
In August, deputies Stupka and Walker responded to a stalled vehicle that caught fire on the side of the road near Greeley. A man locked himself inside the burning vehicle. Stupka and Walker broke a window, pulling the driver out of the vehicle and saving his life.

“These deputies went above and beyond the call of duty to help that individual,” said Ian Whittington, CSP Commander of their efforts. “I admire everyone in the Weld County Sheriff’s Office. Thank you for your service.”

Deputies Nicolas Thompson and Leslie Kinner
Two deputies were commended for their efforts in February. After an inmate suffered a seizure, deputies Thompson and Kinner administered chest compressions while waiting for paramedics to arrive and continued compressions in the ambulance on the way to the hospital.

Deputies Christian Nix, Everardo Bretado-Pena and Bruce Sunada
On two separate days, deputies intervened when inmates tried to commit suicide. Deputy Nix with the assistance of deputy Bretado-Pena stopped two inmates who had formed a suicide pact. Deputy Sunada also prevented an inmate from harming himself after Sunada noticed a change in the inmate’s behavior.

Deputies David Badley, Allan Coltrain, Arlyn Liftin and Tyler Hishinuma
The Weld County Sheriff’s Posse was conducting their spring training in May, when one of the horses shied causing its rider to fall off the animal and sustain serious injuries to her arm. Deputies Badley, Allan, Liftin and Hishinuma worked together to apply a tourniquet and keep her as comfortable as possible while waiting for paramedics.

Weld County Resident Nick Maki
A Citizen Certificate of Merit was given to Nick Maki for his quick actions in April when he arrived at a business to deliver a package and noticed an employee bleeding profusely after accidentally shooting himself in the leg. Maki applied a tourniquet to the victim and called paramedics, who transported the victim to the hospital.

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