Officers Recognized at Marshall County Commissioners Meeting

Sheriff Tom Chamberlin (L) recognizes officers for their extra effort in the line of duty.
Sheriff Tom Chamberlin (L) recognizes officers for their extra effort in the line of duty.

Marshall County Sheriff Tom Chamberlin recognized several officers for going above and beyond the call of duty in their line of work.

Rick Prater, Ryan Hollopeter, Matt Brown, Brandon Cooper, Jonathan Bryant and Travis ONeal were recognized for their life-saving efforts in separate calls.

Officers Matt Brown and Brandon Cooper tended to a victim in June of 2013 who was not breathing and was turning blue. The officers initiated chest compressions and shocks from an AED (Automated External Defibrillator) until paramedics could arrive at the scene. The victim in this case survived due to the efforts of the officers and EMS.

In March of 2014, dispatchers received a 911 call of a house fire at a residence on 5C Road west of Michigan Road. Officer Travis ONeal assisted a man with pulling an elderly woman out of a window of the fully-engulfed home. Both residents were led to safety. Officer ONeal was treated and released from the hospital for smoke inhalation.

Officer Jonathan Bryant administered chest compressions and utilized an AED on a victim who was unresponsive and having a stroke on Oct. 19 of this year. He continued his efforts until Plymouth EMS arrived and took over operations. The victim in this case survived and Sheriff Tom Chamberlin relayed the victim’s thanks during the commissioners meeting Monday morning.

The officers received plaques and were recognized by the commissioners. Sheriff Chamberlin told the commissioners that he hopes to continue this recognition program annually around this time of the year to honor officers who go the extra mile for public safety in the county.