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American Red Cross Award

Porter County Sheriff's Sgt. Jeremy Chavez was recognized by the American

Red Cross for performing CPR on a 4-week-old infant. He was joined by his children Chandler and Elaina.


Life-saving actions honored by American Red Cross


 March 11, 2014 Lesly Bailey | Times Correspondent


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 Services course.

Scott Gerding, preparedness health and safety services delivery manager with the Red Cross in Indiana, said only 118 awards were presented across the country.

“I am humbled and flattered to be nominated,” said Sgt. Chavez, who was joined by his children, Elaina and Chandler.

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 www.facebook.com/valpocommunity.


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