MOUNT VERNON — Four members of the Knox County Sheriff’s Office were recognized recently for on-duty life saving actions.
Sheriff David Barber presented the Life Saving Awards from the Buckeye State Sheriff’s Association and the sheriff’s office to two detectives and two deputies.
Deputy Lee Eppich was honored after he responded to a call of an unresponsive 40-year-old man at a residence in Centerburg on Sept. 2. Eppich arrived at the home prior to medical personnel and performed CPR on the victim until personnel from Central Ohio Joint Fire District arrived on the scene. Eppich’s actions definitely contributed to the victim’s survival, Barber said.
“When I arrived at the situation, I automatically reverted right back to my training,” Eppich said.
Barber said actions by two detectives and a deputy on Oct. 27, prevented a fatal outcome for two small children after the discovery of an active meth lab.
Lieutenant Gary Rohler, Detective Doug Turpen and Deputy Dan Bobo were exposed to chemicals from an active lab at a suspect’s home in the presence of his two small children. They immediately removed the children and suspect from the house at which time medical personnel were requested. All six were decontaminated and transported to the hospital for evaluations.
Barber said the actions by these four officers truly exemplifies the caliber of men and women serving Knox County.