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Pasco Sheriff's Office honors those who saved lives

NEW PORT RICHEY — Deputy Brian Jordan was at home watching TV when he heard the screams.

Jordan went outside and found a wailing neighbor who was holding his 16-month-old son. The boy was blue and unresponsive after he was found floating in the family pool.

Jordan couldn't find a pulse, so he performed CPR. Soon, the toddler began breathing on his own.

Jordan's act of heroism on Oct. 5 earned him the Pasco County Sheriff's Office's Lifesaving Award.

"That in-service training really paid off," Jordan said.

On Wednesday, Jordan and 28 fellow law enforcement officers and citizens were honored at the department's fourth quarter awards ceremony.

Jordan also won an Employee Incentive Award for a certified detention employee for his professionalism when working with mentally ill inmates in the jail.

And Jordan picked up a second Lifesaving Award, along with deputies Tabitha Smith and Alyson Towne, and nurses Audrey Affissio, Cindy Bell and Warren Schmidt. Jordan cut a pillowcase from the neck of a woman who tried to hang herself in jail.

Others who were honored with Lifesaving Awards were deputies Jose Valenzuela, Daniel Housel, Thomas Stubblefield, Ryan Lennox, John Spicuglia, Michael Szeliga, Frederic Vetter, Daniel Mills, Keith Bennett, Thomas Dorr, Justin Wetherington, Amber Hart, Sasha Vanderwaall, Cpl. Marc Erickson, Sgt. Thomas Bowan, nurse Julie Merritt and communications officer Marissa Seltman.

Other awards went to:

• Lisa Jarrell, Citizen's Service Award

• Nancy Mistretta, Employee Incentive Award for a civilian

• Cpl. Jeremy Colhouer, Employee Incentive Award for a certified law enforcement position

• Lt. Stacey Jenkins, Special Recognition certificate

• Capt. Rick Neal, Special Service Award

• Deputy Daniel Housel, Meritorious Service Medal

Camille C. Spencer can be reached at or (727) 869-6229.

Pasco Sheriff's Office honors those who saved lives 01/07/09 [Last modified: Friday, January 9, 2009 7:56pm]
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