Deputies honored for service

Published 09/20 2012 05:56PM

Updated 09/20 2012 06:53PM

CHAMPAIGN COUNTY -- The sheriff's office recognized some of its best and bravest Thursday.

Sheriff Dan Walsh presented a life-saving award to Deputy Rich Ferriman. Ferriman saved a 73 year old woman by administering CPR this past summer.

"We think he saved the lady who had a heart attack. We think it's pretty noticeable and distinguishable," said Walsh.

In July, Deputy Ferriman was called to a home in Savoy. Dispatch received a 911 call which was suddenly cut off.

"We weren't able to get anybody. When I looked into the sliding glass door, I was able to see the oxygen tubing," said Ferriman.

The 4 year veteran says that tubing was a sign something was wrong. He and the paramedics were able to get inside the home. That's when they found a 73-year old woman unconscious on the floor.

"He was able to give her CPR to keep her alive," said Sheriff Walsh.

It's not the first time this deputy has saved someone. In August 2011, he pulled someone from a burning car. Ferriman says the award means a lot.

"I think there are quite a few who've done some amazing things. More than what I've done," said.

Another deputy was also recognized for his bravery. Deputy Jim Golaszewski was given the Commendation Award.

This summer, dispatch got a call from a Mahomet woman with a knife. She wouldn't say where she was, but she was threatening to kill herself. Golaszewski was able to find her and get to her before she hurt herself or anyone else.

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