Badges of honor – Cops, residents receive awards |

Badges of honor – Cops, residents receive awards

The Nevada County Sheriff’s Office Friday gave awards to several of its officers and two county residents for heroic deeds or their contributions to the department.

Three officers received a bronze star for saving the life of a man who barricaded himself on top of his roof, which he set on fire. Sgt. Paul Schmidt, Deputy Alicia Milhous and Deputy Dave Devogelaere were able to pull the man off the roof just before it collapsed and they were able to arrest him.

A Sheriff’s Commendation was awarded to Deputy Mike Jewell, who helped fire crews in saving the life of a man who was grading a road above the middle fork of the South Yuba River where it blends into the back of Englebright Lake. The man had hit a rock and was thrown from his tractor and slid 250 feet down an embankment.

Jewell helped move the man out of the way of the tractor. He then spotted a family on the water in a ski boat and had them take the victim to the other side of the lake, where a helicopter picked him up.

A second Sheriff’s Commendation went to Corp. Walt Jones, for his work in leading the department’s Search and Rescue Team and leading volunteers at the department.

The Sheriff’s Department also awarded two meritorious awards to local residents who helped the department. T.R. Crimi was honored for giving martial arts training to officers, and Bill Drown was honored for organizing committees and raising money for law enforcement programs.

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