Deputies recognized for saving lives

From left are Chief Wendy Llorens, Deputy Derrick Turner, Deputy David Dorsey and Sheriff Victor Jones Jr.

Resource officers leap into action

Natchitoches Parish Sheriff Victor Jones presented life saving awards to Deputy Derrick Turner and Deputy David Dorsey Sept. 12. Both are assigned to the NPSO Youth Services Division as School Resource Officers. On Dec. 2, 2017, Turner and Dorsey were loading children from the DARE float at the annual Natchitoches Christmas Festival on the campus of Northwestern State University. Both noticed a float traveling at a high rate of speed and observed a citizen in harm’s way of the speeding float.

The deputies quickly grabbed the citizen and pulled her to safety. Without the swift actions of these two NPSO deputies, this could have been a serious injury. Both deputies also put themselves in danger of receiving serious bodily injury by taking such action. The Life Saving Award is presented to deputies that take immediate physical action resulting in a life being saved from certain death or serious bodily injury. Both deputies received a certificate and a commendation pin to wear on their uniforms.

The awards were presented to during the monthly school resource officer meeting in the presence of their supervisors, Chief Wendy Llorens, Asst. Chief Siggie Silvie Jr. and co-workers.