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Guardians take their place in spotlight

Corporal Larry LaFlower

Corporal Jeremy Chavez

Officer Paul Arnold

Sheriff's Department to bestow honor on 3 cops for lifesaving actions

Guardians stand in the spotlight


By Ken Kosky | Posted: Monday, May 10, 2010 12:00 am

VALPARAISO | Encountering a choking woman earlier this year at a local school, Porter County police Cpl. Jeremy Chavez did exactly what he'd been trained to do.

He saved the woman's life.

Chavez and two other officers who saved lives while on duty -- Officer Paul Arnold and Cpl. Larry LaFlower -- are being honored today with the Sheriff's Department's Life Saving Award.

"For all the officers, I couldn't be prouder," Porter County Sheriff David Lain said.

"I'm not surprised by any of their actions. It shows what good hands the people of Porter County are in."

Chavez was working as a school resource officer at Boone Grove High School on Jan. 7 when he saw school secretary Kathy Lis choking. Chavez immediately performed the Heimlich maneuver, clearing Lis' airway.

Arnold earned his award by saving the life of a 23-year-old Chesterton-area man who overdosed on heroin March 20.

Arnold responded to a report of an unresponsive man and arrived to find the victim not breathing and with only a faint pulse. Arnold gave him chest compressions for a couple of minutes, and the man started to make faint noises. After a few more compressions, the man began to breathe on his own.

Emergency responders arrived on the scene, and the man regained consciousness and began talking. Lain said Arnold was a new officer on the department when he got the opportunity to perform lifesaving action. Some officers can go an entire career without being placed in that position, Lain said.

LaFlower is receiving recognition for joining Porter Assistant Fire Chief Lewis "Jay" Craig Jr. in rescuing 85-year-old Shirley Skeds from her burning home Feb. 16. LaFlower, a Sheriff's Department officer, was working his part-time job with Porter town police when he helped Craig get Skeds to safety.

LaFlower already has been honored by the town of Porter and the State Fire Marshal's Office for his role in the rescue.

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