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Three Sarpy County deputies, Nebraska State Patrol trooper recognized for lifesaving efforts

Three Sarpy County deputies, Nebraska State Patrol trooper recognized for lifesaving efforts

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The Sarpy County Sheriff's Office and Nebraska State Patrol recognized four individuals for lifesaving efforts on the job.

Lifesaving awards were presented to three sheriff's deputies and one state trooper on Tuesday morning.

Sarpy County Deputy Earl Johnson was recognized for a call he responded to Aug. 18. A 31-year-old man was found unresponsive at a home on 156th Avenue. 

When Johnson arrived, he found the man's wife performing CPR and an agitated child. Johnson instructed to woman to take the child out of the room and he took over CPR. After a few minutes, the man started taking deep breaths. He was then taken to an Omaha hospital.

The second award was given to Sarpy County Deputies Katie Reeve and Kevin DeMarque and Nebraska State Patrol Trooper Tadum Knight. 

The officers were dispatched to a call of a man standing on the ledge of the Highway 50 bridge over Interstate 80. 

While remaining calm and trying to urge the man to step down, they observed him nearly lose his balance. Eventually, they were able to distract the man enough to grab him and take him onto the Highway 50 side of the ledge.

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