FRISCO - In April, Summit County Sheriff's Office deputies Daric Gutzwiller and Eric Sipes responded to a medical call and found a man in the midst of a heart attack.
As they began CPR, Gutzwiller realized the man's tongue was obstructing his airway.
Gutzwiller grabbed a pair of pliers and used them to remove the patient's tongue from his mouth, saving the patient's life.
"That night a citizen's life would have surely been lost," Summit County Sheriff John Minor said as he presented Gutzwiller and Sipes with the Life Saving Award for the call. "You give someone else a second chance."
Wednesday morning, Minor, undersheriff Derek Woodman and county commissioners Karn Steigelmeier and Dan Gibbs recognized Gutzwiller, Sipes and all the deputies for their service to the community at the sheriff's office annual inspection and breakfast award ceremony.
"Every day you put on your uniform, you put yourself on the line," Gibbs told the deputies assembled at the Summit County Community and Senior Center. "You not only do that for yourself, you do that for your family members and for everyone in our community. So I just want to say thank you so much."
Minor and Woodman handed out dozens of commendations and awards to deputies for everything from saving civilian lives and breaking up fights to taking down fleeing suspects and solving a homicide case earlier this year.
"Hands down, this is the best group that we have ever had working for the sheriff's office in many, many years," Woodman said Wednesday. "It's very nice to be able to go home and sleep at night knowing full well you guys are doing the job you're supposed to be doing."
A new deputy was sworn in, a retiring deputy recognized and a new design for the sheriff's badge, created by a jail inmate, presented at the ceremony as well.
The inspection of the sheriff's office patrol vehicles and facilities followed the breakfast.