In all, 59 deputies, volunteers and other civilians received awards Friday at the sheriff's Lifesaving Awards ceremony at the County Government Center in San Bernardino. Five deputies received more than one award.
"The panel went through hundreds of nominations for this event," said Sheriff Rod Hoops.
More than 150 people, including law enforcement members and their families, gathered for the second annual ceremony.
Among them was Charles King and sheriff's Sgt. Rod McDonald, who helped save the life of King's 3-year-old grandson, Jayden Nash. Both were honored by Hoops.
King said his grandson fell through a window in their Apple Valley home earlier this year. His hand became stuck in the glass, and when he yanked his hand out, the glass cut through arteries, veins and muscle.
"He was bleeding out," King said.
King put pressure on his grandson's hand, and when McDonald arrived, he helped stop the bleeding. Jayden has a small scar on his wrist now, but has full use of his hand.
Deputies John Scalise, Berend Meelker and Jon Anderson were honored for rescuing two Marines who were injured during a lightning storm in Twentynine Palms in September.
One Marine was struck when a bolt struck the ground, and another was knocked down a hillside, said sheriff's Crime Prevention Program Coordinator Clark Morrow.
Despite having no ambient light and minimal moonlight, the aviation deputies were able to maneuver a helicopter to rescue both Marines.
"Both have fully recovered," Morrow said.
Deputies Marvin Wilkie and Ana Ziske rescued an inmate who tried to commit suicide by placing a plastic bag over his head and hanging himself with a bed sheet at the Victor Valley Jail in Victorville in July.
The inmate, Raynard Johnson, had tied the bed sheet so that opening his cell door would tighten the sheet around his neck.
Wilkie used one of his keys to cut through the sheet while Ziske ran to find another cutting instrument. The sheet snapped and Johnson fell to the floor, surviving the incident.
"Deputies moved him out of the cell without further incident," Morrow said.
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