Life-saving actions honored by
American Red Cross
March 11, 2014
Lesly Bailey | Times
Porter County Sheriff’s Sgt. Jeremy Chavez’s
life-saving actions were recently recognized by the
American Red Cross, which presented him with the
Lifesaving Award for the Professional Responder.
It is one of the highest awards given by the Red
Cross to an individual or team of individuals who
saves or sustains a life using skills and knowledge
learned in an American Red Cross Health and Safety
Scott Gerding, preparedness health and safety
services delivery manager with the Red Cross in
Indiana, said only 118 awards were presented across
“I am humbled and flattered to be nominated,” said
Sgt. Chavez, who was joined by his children, Elaina
In December, Chavez performed CPR on Diamond Earl’s
4-week-old daughter Chyna until paramedics arrived.
He is credited with saving the girl’s life. He was
honored by the sheriff’s department in January with
a Lifesaving Award – his second.
“Saving a life is every police officer’s dream and
nightmare as they have saved a life but it’s
traumatic when it is going on,” said Porter County
Sheriff David Lain. “A real test of this job is
action and this epitomizes what we do here and
across the nation.”
Prior to the presentation, Sheriff Lain presented
the department’s Lifesaving Award to Sgt. Tim
Emmons, Sgt. Matt Edwards, Officer Meredith Brockman
and Officer Zach Williams.
Officer Jamie Erow, who trains officers to perform
CPR, was also recognized and received flowers from
Angie Fox of the American Red Cross.
Additional photos from the event are on