One of the most distinct honors I have as sheriff is getting to highlight those of my employees who go above and beyond the call of duty. I am blessed to work with an exceptional group of men and women who continue to do this every day, and this past week was no exception for three of our deputies in particular.
This past Tuesday, we had an incident outside of courts at the Justice Center when a female citizen was stung by a bee. After receiving the sting, she began to experience symptoms of anaphylactic shock from a bee allergy and called 911.
At the time, the caller’s speech was muffled and incoherent due to the allergic reaction she was experiencing. Dispatchers heard crying and gasping over the phone, but were able to track the call to the court side of the Justice Center.
Four deputies from the 400 shift were sent to the location of the call. Sgt. Paul Singleton and Deputies Tiffany Goodwin, Jeff Wagner and Dakota Blackwell arrived at the Justice Center and began searching the area for the distressed caller. Shortly after they began searching, deputies found the woman in her parked vehicle. She was responsive, but unable to breath.
Once they quickly assessed the situation and determined that she was in anaphylactic shock, one of the deputies rushed over to the jail where he retrieved an EpiPen from the booking office. Another deputy removed the cap
and gave the EpiPen to the woman, who was able to administer it to herself.
EMS arrived shortly after the EpiPen was self-administered and transported the patient for further medical treatment.
I am extremely proud of our officers who responded and how they handled this situation. I believe that officers like Sgt. Singleton, Deputy Goodwin, Deputy Wagner and Deputy Blackwell make our county a better place every day. They sprang into action without a second thought, showed care and concern for someone in a desperate situation and handled the entire incident in a way that our community should be proud of — all out of a selfless desire to do the right thing.
It’s teamwork and quick action like this that set officers apart and I could not be more proud to have each of them at the Bradley County Sheriff’s Office.
To Sgt. Singleton, Deputies Goodwin, Wagner and Blackwell, and the entire 400 shift: Thank you for representing this agency and your badge with integrity and
selflessness. We are better because of you.