Sergeant Steve Owen was recognized during the 2014 Valor Awards Ceremony. He received the Meritorious Conduct-Gold award for saving a kidnapping victim and capturing two armed robbery suspects in Lancaster in 2013.
United States Air Force Staff Sergeant Spencer Stone, a military Purple Heart award recipient, will attend the event as an honored guest and Keynote Speaker.
In November, 2015, Staff Sergeant Stone aided in disarming a gunman and preventing the massacre of dozens of passengers on a Paris-bound train.
Thirty-one department members were publicly recognized by Sheriff McDonnell for their courageous engagements. The Sheriff’s Lifesaving Award is presented to deputy sheriff’s, as well as reserve deputies, whose actions resulted in the saving or preservation of a human life, which would have been lost but for the brave intervention of deputy personnel.
DEPUTY HERMAN M. AREVALO
On July 26, 2015, Deputy Arevalo, assigned to Century Regional Detention Facility, was providing security during dinner when several inmates called his attention. He noticed an inmate waving her arms in a panic. As he made his way towards her, he saw she was grabbing at her throat and it became apparent she was choking. Deputy Arevalo positioned himself behind the choking inmate to perform the Heimlich maneuver. He repeated his efforts for approximately two to three minutes. The inmate was on the verge of passing out when a piece of carrot was dislodged from her throat. She then began to cough and breathe on her own.
Deputy Arevalo’s decisive and vigilant efforts undoubtedly saved the inmate’s life.