Osceola County Sheriff’s Office recognizes officers with Life Saving Awards

Sgt. Mark Moore receives his Life Saving Award from Osceola County Undersheriff Justin Halladay during a ceremony Monday at the Osceola County Sheriff's Office. (Pioneer photos/Emily Grove)

Sgt. Mark Moore receives his Life Saving Award from Osceola County Undersheriff Justin Halladay during a ceremony Monday at the Osceola County Sheriff’s Office. (Pioneer photos/Emily Grove)

REED CITY — Sgt. Mark Moore and Deputy Jed Avery will modestly say they were just doing their job. However, doing their work exceptionally well resulted in saved lives and recognition.

Avery and Moore, both members of the Osceola County Sheriff’s Office, were honored Monday for saving the lives of two suicidal subjects in separate incidents.

Moore was given his Life Saving Award for his work on Aug. 14, 2016, when he and his K-9 Chase were dispatched to track a suicidal subject in federal forest land. Moore and Chase tracked the man from his abandoned vehicle, through thick wooded areas and in open terrain. When the man was discovered, he began stabbing himself in the neck with a knife.

“Many individuals in that situation would freeze,” said Undersheriff Justin Halladay to Moore during a ceremony. “But you administered first aid and were able to keep the man stable until he could be transported.”

Moore also was recognized by the National Association of Professional Canine Handlers for his quick actions during this incident.

Avery’s Life Saving Award stems from his actions on Sept. 22, where he prevented a man from jumping from an overpass into traffic on U.S. 131.

Deputy Jed Avery receives his Life Saving Award from Osceola County Undersheriff Justin Halladay during a ceremony Monday at the Osceola County Sheriff's Office.

Deputy Jed Avery receives his Life Saving Award from Osceola County Undersheriff Justin Halladay during a ceremony Monday at the Osceola County Sheriff’s Office.

Avery was dispatched to a possible suicidal subject who also was a suspect in a case. While on his way to the complaint, Avery saw a man matching the description of the subject standing on the 14 Mile Road overpass above U.S. 131.

The man was on the outside of the overpass, readying to jump, when Avery pulled up and slowly began approaching the man while talking with him. By closing the space between them, Avery was able to get close enough to bring the man safely over the rails and place him in protective custody.

“Deputy Avery’s calm demeanor allowed him to get close enough to keep this man from doing something to end his life,” Halladay said.

While both Avery and Moore shied away from the limelight, they both said they are grateful to have been able to save a life.

“I’m glad the individual is alive today,” Moore said. “As far as receiving this award, I’m just happy for my K-9 partner and our K-9 program. I’m proud to be part of it.”

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Posted by Emily Grove

Emily is the Herald Review and Pioneer crime and court reporter, covering crime in both Mecosta and Osceola counties. She can be reached by e-mail at emily@pioneergroup.com or by phone at (231) 592-8362.

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