Deputies Recognized With Life Saving Awards

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PRESS RELEASE – At a ceremony held in their honor at the Paulding County Sheriff’s Office on Wednesday August 23, 2023, a few of our Deputies were recognized for saving the lives of several citizens in multiple incidents.

Deputy Cory Mitchell, Deputy Rodney White, and Deputy Kyle Newton were recognized with Life Saving Awards and Deputy Matthew Nelson and Deputy Shayla Benson were recognized with Letters of Commendation from the Sheriff.

On May 27, 2023 Deputy Cory Mitchell responded to a shooting scene where a male had been shot multiple times. Deputy Mitchell held pressure on the wounds which helped mitigate blood loss. Deputy Matthew Nelson and Deputy Shayla Benson were also on scene assisting Deputy Mitchell by getting first aid supplies, assessing injuries, and helping keep the scene secure. Deputy Nelson and Deputy Benson received a Letter of Commendation from Sheriff Gary Gulledge for their part in this incident.

On June 16, 2023 Deputy Kyle Newton was travelling to work via US 278 when he was nearly struck head on by a wrong way driver. Although Deputy Newton narrowly avoided near death, the vehicle traveling behind him was not so lucky. An elderly couple were struck head on and sustained severe injuries. Although he was shaken by the near collision, Deputy Newton sprang into action and jumped out of his patrol car to assist the elderly couple by removing them from their burning vehicle. The family of the couple are forever grateful to Deputy Newton for getting the couple out of the vehicle ultimately saving the male and allowing the female to live twelve more days after the accident.

On August 4, 2023 Deputy Rodney White responded to medical call on the Silver Comet Trail in the area of mile marker 19, which is close to the Paulding County Chamber of Commerce. When Deputy White arrived, he noticed an elderly male bicyclist on the ground having a medical emergency. Deputy White noticed that the male was barely breathing and non-responsive. Once the male quit breathing, Deputy White began performing Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR). Deputy White continued CPR until Fire/EMS personnel could arrive on scene.
Sheriff Gary Gulledge stated, “I am extremely proud of what these Deputies have done to save and/or prolong the lives of so many people. Without them, many people would have lost loved ones. I cannot thank them enough for what they have done above and beyond the call of duty.”

We would like to congratulate the aforementioned Deputies on receiving the well-deserved recognition. Way to go Deputy Mitchell, Deputy Nelson, Deputy Benson, Deputy Newton, and Deputy White!


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