Kokomo Tribune; Kokomo, Indiana

August 7, 2013

Deputy receives special commendation

Off-duty officer performs CPR on unresponsive 58-year-old.

By Carson Gerber
MC Weekly

---- — A Miami County deputy has received special commendation from the sheriff’s office for saving the life of 58-year-old man.

Deputy Gregory Sutton received the life-saving commendation from Sheriff Tim Miller, who called Sutton a “shining example of the best traditions of the Miami County Sheriff’s Department.”

Even though he was at home and off duty, Sutton responded to a call from Miami County dispatch in May of an unresponsive man at the 7700 block of South 800 East near Amboy. Sutton located the man on the floor, who was unresponsive and not breathing.

After assessing the situation, he began CPR on the man. When first responders began to arrive, Sutton grabbed the portable external defibrillator from his squad car and administered several shocks to the man, who eventually re-established a heartbeat.

EMS arrived on scene and transported the man to the hospital. He has since recovered.

“Had it not been for the quick and professional actions of Deputy Sutton, the outcome would have likely been tragic,” Sheriff Miller said. “Sutton placed others in front of himself, and by so doing, exhibited conduct above and beyond the call of duty.”

Miller presented Sutton with the commendation, saying, “a police officer can realize no greater reward than saving the life of another.”