Rutherford County Sheriff's Deputy Chris Beach received the Saving the Life Savers Award from Sheriff Mike Fitzhugh for saving a 6-year-old girl. The deputy performed rescue breathing and revived the unresponsive child at her home on March 16th.
Sheriff Fitzhugh said, "Chris, you changed someone's life forever. Thank you for what you did."
Deputy Beach recognized the seriousness of the situation and remained calm while taking quick action and contributed to saving the girls' life.
Deputy Chief Egon Grissom said, "Beach was recognized and awarded the Life Savers award for his swift and heroic actions."
Sgt. Derek Oeser explained that the deputy responded to a call of a girl not breathing and turning blue. Her parents were frantic. When he arrived, the child showed no signs of life and her skin had already turned blue.
Beach started CPR, but recognized her blocked airway. He gave the girl rescue breaths that slightly opened up her airway and she showed signs of life.
Medical first responders and paramedics arrived. Paramedics continued treating the girl during transport to St. Thomas Rutherford Hospital.
"It is without a doubt, had it not been for the heroic actions of Deputy Chris Beach, the outcome of this night would have been tragic," Oeser said.
Fitzhugh also honored retiring Detention Corporal Bubba Josey with 30 years of service and Transport Deputy Bill Melton with 16 years of service.
The sheriff told Melton he appreciated his years of service.
Grissom thanked Josey for supporting his co-workers during his 30 years of service.
Sheriff Fitzhugh thanked Josey for endeavoring in his years of service where he experienced many changes.
"I've enjoyed working with you," Fitzhugh said.