Deputy Corey Rafter, Deputy Michael Ramirez, Deputy Jason Totaro, 1st Lt. Kenneth Pratt, Sheriff Mike Chapman, Deputy Specialist Randall Stackpole, Deputy Marcie Vadnais, Deputy First Class John McClintic, Deputy Latriviette Young, and WJLAâs Jummy Olabanji and Jeff Goldberg. (Not Pictured: Deputy Carl Costello & Deputy Sara Currin)
(April 4, 2014) – Ten Loudoun Sheriff’s Deputies were among those recognized Friday at the 29th Annual Valor Awards ceremony held at the National Conference Center in Lansdowne, Virginia.
The Loudoun County Valor Awards program awards were established by the Loudoun Chamber of Commerce, in conjunction with the local public safety agencies, to recognize and acknowledge members of the various public safety departments, as well as everyday citizens, who have placed themselves in harm’s way over the past year to ensure the safety of others.
Deputy Jason Totaro was recognized with a Lifesaving Award for his assistance with a subject who had collapsed in September 2013 at the Silver Eagle Shooting Range and was in need of CPR. Three civilians also received Citizen’s Awards for their efforts with CPR and utilizing an Automated External Defibrillator. Because of their quick actions and effective emergency actions, the life of the 62-year-old man was saved that day.
Deputy Marcie Vadnais, Deputy Corey Rafter, and Deputy Carl Costello and nurse Pamela Gibbs were recognized with a Lifesaving Award for after a Loudoun inmate attempted suicide at the Loudoun County Adult Detention Center in November 2013. Their responsiveness and dedication to duty prevented the inmate from taking his own life.
Deputy Michael Ramirez received a Meritorious Award after he responded to assist with a house fire in Sterling. Deputy Ramirez entered the home in January 2013 as fire and explosions were occurring. Two women were inside the home attempting to recover items. Deputy Ramirez removed them from the home and worked to ensure that no one was inside. The house was ultimately destroyed by fire.
Deputy Latriviette Young was at a worship service in Fairfax County in August 2013 when a choir member collapsed. With the assistance of two of other church members, Deputy Young provided CPR aid until rescue personnel arrived. The victim survived due to Deputy Young’s lifesaving actions.
Deputy First Class John McClintic received the Certificate of Valor for his ingenuity and tenacity during the investigation of a crash on Belmont Ridge Road on August 2013. As the driver was being transported to the hospital it was determined he suffered a stroke. Learning that the victim was suffering stroke-like symptoms and was eligible for intravenous clot-busting medications (only allowed if within three hours from the onset of the symptoms), DFC McClintic conducted an on-scene investigation. He found a lunch receipt in the victimâs wallet and called the restaurant where he learned that the victim was fine just a short time before. DFC McClintic immediately notified hospital personnel who administered the medication and the man recovered within a few hours. The driver was released from the hospital three days later.
Deputy Sara Currin received the Lifesaving Award for her efforts during a safety check. Deputy Currin discovered that an inmate had attempted to take his own life at the Loudoun County Adult Detention Center in November 2013. Deputy Currin pulled the inmate to safety. Deputy Currin’s attention to duty and quick response resulted in the prevention of a potential tragedy.
1st Lieutenant Kenneth Pratt received the Lifesaving Award after he had to quickly transition from a husband of twenty-six years to an emergency first responder in August of 2013. 1st Lt. Pratt was preparing for work when he heard his wife coughing in abnormal manner. 1st Lt. Pratt discovered his wife did not have a pulse and had likely just experienced a life-threatening cardiac event. He quickly called 911 and immediately initiated CPR on his wife. Rescue crews soon arrived who were able to revive his wife. Both rescue personnel and hospital staff credited Mrs. Pratt’s survival to her husband’s immediate lifesaving intervention.
Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office Michael L. Chapman and members of the Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office leadership team and command staff attended the awards ceremony.
“Congratulations to Loudoun County public safety personnel and all Valor Award recipients that have taken great personnel risk in their duty to protect our community,” said Sheriff Chapman at today’s ceremony. âIâm humbled and honored to be part of a public safety team of professionals committed to safety, and preservation of human life,â he added.
Also recognized at the event were members of the Town of Leesburg Police Department, personnel from Loudoun County Fire, Rescue and Emergency Services, and 20 citizens.
The featured Masters of Ceremonies at this year’s awards ceremony were ABC 7/WJLA-TV anchors Jummy Olabanji and Jeff Goldberg.