Caddo Sheriff Jay Long presented several deputies with departmental awards today, recognizing them for heroism and lifesaving efforts while on and off duty.

Medal of Valor:

Deputy Jon-Marco Daughtery and retired Lieutenant James Houston received the department's highest honor - the Medal of Valor - for their response to a domestic call on August 30 where two citizens were rescued from a residence after a male suspect outside fired multiple shots at deputies.

Certificate of Distinguished Service:

Deputies Chase Davidson, John Flash, Tyler Lummus, and Sergeant Tamara Kendrick also responded to the call and received the Certificate of Distinguished Service for their assistance in helping safely remove the citizens from the residence while under fire by the suspect.

In an unrelated incident, Corporal Willie "Calvin" Williams, the school resource officer at Southwood High School, received a Certificate of Distinguished Service for preventing a student from re-entering campus after a previous altercation with a faculty member. Williams later determined the student was armed and recovered his weapon.

Lifesaving Award:

Deputies Daniel Allen, Kaylee Wright, Gerical Lawrence, Corporal Alvin Slay, Christopher Morgan, Derek Owen, and Corporal Robert Chapman, along with LPNs Joanne Beatty and Sheundra Murphy, received the department's Lifesaving Award for saving the life of a Caddo Correctional inmate who lost consciousness and was no longer breathing.

Deputy Derek Owen, a School Resource Officer at Calvary Baptist Academy, was awarded the Lifesaving Award for successfully performing the Heimlich Maneuver on a student who was choking.

Corporal Robert Chapman was awarded the Lifesaving Award for using his department-issued medical gear while off duty at the YMCA to assist a shooting victim who entered the building's lobby.

Because these deputies demonstrated extraordinary skill and resourcefulness in times of need, saving the lives of citizens, they deserve the utmost honor, Long said.

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