During the Board of Commissioners meeting on November 8, Lincoln County Sheriff Curtis Landers presented Senior Deputy Bruce McGuire with the Sheriff’s Office “Distinguished Service Medal”. The distinguished Service Medal is an award presented to a member of the Sheriff’s Office who in the performance of his or her duties performs an act of outstanding or especially meritorious service while demonstrating selflessness, personal courage, and devotion to duty. On March 16, Senior Deputy McGuire responded to a single vehicle crash on Highway 20 near Milepost 30.
The vehicle left the roadway and was impaled by a guardrail, trapping the driver. Senior Deputy McGuire, also a certified Medic, started an IV and placed a tourniquet on the driver’s nearly severed leg, and remained in the vehicle for nearly an hour providing care until the driver was extracted and flown by helicopter to OHSU with life threatening injuries. Sheriff Landers also recognized one of two citizens, Angela Lehrman, with the Sheriff’s Office “Citizen Appreciation Award” for going above and beyond what is normally expected of a citizen.
Ms. Lehrman and another citizen, Cassiday Ray, came upon the crash and provided medical care to the patient along with Senior Deputy McGuire. Ms. Ray was unable to attend the presentation to receive her award. A responding Pacific West Paramedic said these two women Ms. Lehrman and Ms. Ray made it possible to have an actual victim to extricate from the accident. Without their care prior to the Paramedics arrival the patient would have died. Sheriff Landers congratulated them all and thanked them for their devotion to duty and willingness to step in and help save the life of a fellow citizen.