On Wednesday, May 16 in a ceremony attended by family, friends and Sheriff’s Office personnel, Sheriff Mark Hunter awarded three Deputies the Columbia County Sheriff’s Office Lifesaving Medal.
Deputy Eric Wright was awarded the Lifesaving Medal for his actions on February 25, 2018 when he gave first aid to a severely injured 5 year old. Deputy Wright was first on scene where a child had fallen through a glass table which cut through an artery in the child’s leg causing massive blood loss. Deputy Wright applied a tourniquet to stop the bleeding which allowed EMS time to fly the child to Gainesville for treatment.
Deputies Chad Guerry and Stephen Aguila were awarded the Lifesaving Medal for their actions on March 23, 2018 when they saved the life of an adult female suffering from a self-inflicted gunshot wound. The Deputies used their issued QuickClot, an antihemorrhagic/hemostatic agent to slow or stop the bleeding, allowing her to receive life sustaining treatment in Gainesville.
We would like to congratulate Deputies Wright, Guerry, and Aguila on their awards. All have brought credit on themselves, CCSO family, and law enforcement as a whole.
Sheriff Mark Hunter thanked them by saying, “I want to personally thank each of you for carrying out our greatest purpose, to help people!