Deputies honored for heroic efforts to save man's life

ALEXANDER COUNTY, NC (WBTV) - A pair of deputies were honored Wednesday for their heroic efforts to save a man's life in Alexander County.

On May 1, 2018, around 11 p.m. officials got a call about a fall at a house on Haven Circle in the Stony Point Community.

According to the Alexander County Sheriff's Office, Deputies Lee Hoyle and Davey Fortner were less than five minutes away from the call.

The two deputies arrived on the scene and found a 57-year-old man unconscious on the porch of the residence. He was unresponsive and not breathing.

Deputies Hoyle and Fortner began CPR on the man and kept performing CPR until emergency officials with Alexander County EMS and Stony Point First Responders arrived on the scene and took over.

Due to the efforts of all involved, the man regained a pulse and began breathing on his own.  The man was taken to a local medical facility for further treatment.

A number of years ago, Alexander County Sheriff Chris Bowman said he recognized that his officers were often in the position to respond as first responders to medical emergencies in the communities they work in, many times, being closer than EMS or local first responders.

As such, the sheriff's office determined that equipping officers with basic medical equipment greatly increased the safety of the community.

To date, all Sheriff's Office vehicles assigned to the patrol division have been equipped with automated external defibrillators (AEDs) as well as other basic first-aid supplies.

All employees of the Sheriff's Office maintain CPR certification as required by Sheriff Bowman.

Deputies Lee Hoyle and Davey Fortner were recognized on Wednesday for their life-saving efforts during this incident and were presented with Certificates of Meritorious Commendation.

Sheriff Bowman expressed his appreciation and admiration of the deputies, emergency officials and the department as a whole.

"Alexander County Emergency Services is a very tight-knit family who routinely assists each other, going above and beyond the call of normal duty. This is but one example of how this inter-agency cooperation helps save lives. I would like to personally thank Alexander County EMS and Stony Point First Responders for their rapid response to this incident, and am happy that their collaborative efforts resulted in appositive outcome."

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