Deputies receive lifesaving awards

Sheriff Curtis Landers awarded the Lincoln County Sheriff's Office Lifesaving Award to the four deputies who saved the life of a jail inmate late last year. He presented awards at the Jan. 15 county commission meeting. Pictured are: Commissioner Claire Hall, left, Commissioner Doug Hunt, Landers, Deputy Page Beutler, Deputy Geoffrey DeHaan, Deputy Christopher Read, Deputy Hugh Smith and Commissioner Kaety Jacobson. (Photo by Cheri Brubaker)

NEWPORT — Lincoln County Sheriff Curtis Landers recognized four sheriff deputies before the Lincoln County Board of Commissioners, sheriff’s officer personnel and members of the public at the county commission meeting Wednesday morning.

Landers described the manner in which deputies Hugh Smith, Geoff DeHaan, Christopher Read and Page Beutler worked together to provide lifesaving aid to an individual in the booking area of the Lincoln County Jail on Nov. 2, 2019.

Smith was conducting an inmate welfare check at 3:04 p.m. when he discovered an individual lying on the floor. The person was non-responsive, and upon further evaluation, Smith detected neither pulse nor breathing.

Emergency medical services was requested, and Smith immediately began chest compressions. An automated external defibrillator (AED), which detects heart rhythm and administers shock to victims in cardiac arrest, was requested and placed on the individual by Beutler.

The AED indicated that shock was necessary and was administered three times. Smith, DeHaan, Beutler and Read worked together, alternating administration of chest compression until 3:15 p.m. when Newport Fire Department personnel took over.

At approximately 3:25 p.m., as the individual was being prepared for transport to the hospital, the lead emergency medical technician directed chest compression to cease, as he had a pulse. The individual was transported to the hospital for further treatment.

"The Lincoln County Jail facility physician advised staff that the lifesaving aid that was provided to this individual did save his life,” said Landers, before presenting the deputies with the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office Lifesaving Award.

“The actions of the staff on duty during this incident truly speak to their character and dedication to the profession,” Landers said. “Had their prior training and quick actions not been administered, the outcome for this individual would have been much different.”

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