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Awards

Deputy Heath Rankin
Award: Medal of Heroism

On  the Pinal County Sheriff's Office was dispatched to a medical call involving a non-breathing 18-month-old male infant. The child was found by his family in a three-foot above ground swimming pool lying face down. The boy was unresponsive when the deputies began performing CPR until Arizona City Fire crew were able to get to the scene. The child was transported to Casa Grande Regional and later to Phoenix Children's Hospital where he was stabilized. 

Deputy Chad Nichols
Award: Medal of Heroism 

On  the Pinal County Sheriff's Office was dispatched to a medical call involving a non-breathing 18-month-old male infant. The child was found by his family in a three-foot above ground swimming pool lying face down. The boy was unresponsive when the deputies began performing CPR until Arizona City Fire crew were able to get to the scene. The child was transported to Casa Grande Regional and later to Phoenix Children's Hospital where he was stabilized.

Deputy Robert Taylor
Award: Medal of Heroism

On  the Pinal County Sheriff's Office was dispatched to a medical call involving a non-breathing 18-month-old male infant. The child was found by his family in a three-foot above ground swimming pool lying face down. The boy was unresponsive when the deputies began performing CPR until Arizona City Fire crew were able to get to the scene. The child was transported to Casa Grande Regional and later to Phoenix Children's Hospital where he was stabilized

Deputy Drennan
Award: Act of Bravery

On February 14, 2013, the Pinal County Sheriff's Office received the 9-1-1 bank robbery occurred at the "Wells Fargo Bank" located in Gold Canyon.
During the robbery, a firearm was displayed by the suspect and fired inside of the bank. Nobody was injured. After obtaining an undisclosed amount of currency, the suspect fled in a white Ford Ranger.  A patrol deputy located a possible suspect vehicle and conducted a high risk stop on it.

Sgt. Jason Philpot
Award: Act of Bravery

On February 14, 2013, the Pinal County Sheriff's Office received the 9-1-1 bank robbery occurred at the "Wells Fargo Bank" located in Gold Canyon.
During the robbery, a firearm was displayed by the suspect and fired inside of the bank. Nobody was injured. After obtaining an undisclosed amount of currency, the suspect fled in a white Ford Ranger.  A patrol deputy located a possible suspect vehicle and conducted a high risk stop on it.

Sgt. Brandee Ralston
Award: Lifesaving Medal and Meritorious Award

On April 13, 2013 the Pinal County Sheriff's Office working Country Thunder event in Florence received reports of a verbal argument that was escalating between two groups. As Pinal County Sheriff deputies arrived on scene they found a 36-year-old male with stab wounds to the upper back and rib cage. The swift actions taken by Sergeant Ralston helped to save the young mans life.

Sgt. Douglas Peobles
Award: Lifesaving Medal and Meritorious Award

On April 13, 2013 the Pinal County Sheriff's Office working Country Thunder event in Florence received reports of a verbal argument that was escalating between two groups. As Pinal County Sheriff deputies arrived on scene they found a 36-year-old male with stab wounds to the upper back and rib cage. The swift actions taken by Sergeant Peobles helped to save the young mans life.

Sgt. Marc Miller
Award: Meritorious Conduct Award

Deputy Miller has personally seized nearly 6,000 pounds of marijuana coming through his patrol region. This marijuana amount has a street vaule of nearly 3.5 million dollars. Vital information and long term criminal cases were started as a direct result of Deputy Miller. 

 

 

Deputy Ivan Villafana
Award: Lifesaving Medal

February 5th, 2013, the Pinal County Sheriff’s Office received a 9-1-1 hang-up call from a resident at the “Encore RV Park” in Casa Grande. As deputies were responding to the residence, the 9-1-1 Operator called the ...number back. A male answered the phone and said his wife’s “dialysis fistula” had opened and she was bleeding profusely from her arm. The female was slipping in and out of consciousness because of the amount of blood she had already loss.  Deputy Ivan Villafana arrived within minutes of the original 9-1-1 call coming into our Communications Center. He immediately assessed the situation as the female was bleeding profusely even through the towel her husband was attempting to hold on her arm to slow the bleeding. Deputy Villafana removed the towel and applied direct pressure with his hand to the wound which immediately stopped the bleeding.

Deputy Chris Calhoun
Award: 2012 MADD DUI Enforcement Officer of the Year

Deputy Calhoun is a member of the Pinal County Sheriff’s Office Traffic Unit. During 2011, Deputy Calhoun conducted 1,599 traffic stops, issued 959 citations and arrested 94 individuals who were impaired by alcohol and or drugs. Deputy Calhoun has advanced impaired driver training including the fact he is nationally certified as a “Drug Recognition Expert.” Less than 1% of all sworn law enforcement officers across the United States have this certification.

 

  Posse Member Douglas Ewen
Award: Distinguished Service Medal
On Dec. 15, 2007, Posse Member Douglas Ewen was on a training patrol with Deputy Mark Terry when they responded to a call of a possible suicide. They discovered the garage door open and there was a heavy odor of car exhaust. Deputy Terry immediately began CPR on the adult male while Posse Member Ewen tried to console the woman, who was hysterical. The woman went around the car to the door to the house and discovered her four-year-old son unconscious by the door. He had apparently followed her into the garage when she went entered. Posse Member Ewen took the boy from the woman and carried him outside the garage and began checked his vital signs. The boy was unconscious, but had a pulse and was moaning. Ewen began pressing on his chest to assist him in breathing while calling him by name. After a couple of minutes, Deputy Terry came over to examine him, breathed a couple of breaths into the boy’s mouth, and when he was done, the boy let out a heavy sigh and began breathing normally.
   Deputy Mark Terry
Award: Distinguished Service Medal
On Dec. 15, 2007, Deputy Mark Terry was dispatched to a residence in the Queen Creek area in reference to a possible suicide. Deputy Terry was the first to arrive on scene. The garage was filled with carbon monoxide and Deputy Terry started compressions on an adult male lying on the floor. Then Deputy Terry discovered a child in the garage. He was able to find a pulse, but the child was blue and not breathing. Deputy Terry administered reparations to the child, who responded by taking a big breath. The child was turned over to EMS and is doing well today. 
  Detective Mike Hughey
Award: Distinguished Service Medal
In August 2007, Det. Hughey, who was then a patrol deputy in the area of San Manuel, responded to a domestic disturbance. As he was arriving, the female involved in the call drove away from responding deputies. After a short pursuit leading back to the original scene, the female stopped the vehicle and Det. Hughey approached. He very quickly assessed the situation and determined the female was injured. She had shot herself in the neck with a small rifle and was bleeding profusely from the wound. Det. Hughey covered the wound with his hand to get the bleeding under control until the paramedics could arrive. This person’s life was saved due to Det. Hughey’s quick action because she would have bled to death unassisted.
  Sgt. David Hausman and Cpl. Luis Vargas
Awards: Medals of Valor
On August 8, 2001, Sgt. Hausman and Cpl. Vargas were traveling southbound on State Route 79 when they saw a plume of black smoke. As they drove to the smoke, they saw a vehicle engulfed in flames alongside the roadway. Sgt. Hausman and Cpl. Vargas ran to the burning vehicle and found two paraplegic females trapped inside. They reached into the burning vehicle and pulled both females, who otherwise would have had no avenue to escape from the vehicle, to safety. Thus Sgt. Hausman and Cpl. Vargas saved the women’s lives by placing themselves in grave danger and pulling the women from the blazing vehicle.