Commendations well deserved


Division Commendations were well deserved by two Madison County deputies for helping to rescue a man who was pinned beneath a lawn tractor in the Oneida Creek and yelling for assistance.

Deputies Darren Ladd and Robert Marriott had been dispatched to 5300 Oxbow Road in the Town of Smithfield July 6 for a report of someone yelling for help from a nearby wooded area. Sheriff Todd Hood said Ladd and Marriott immediately entered the waterway and assisted the man, who was struggling to keep his head above the water. Along with additional first responders, Deputy Ladd was able to lift the lawn tractor off of the victim, while Deputy Marriott supported the victim’s upper body and head.

The man rescued from the water reported he had been mowing when the lawn tractor he was operating slid down the embankment and rolled into the creek, trapping him for 30 to 45 minutes before deputies arrived. He received medical treatment for minor injuries.

All too often we think of law enforcement personnel as they deal with criminal matters. It’s important to remember that these first responders often help others and save lives at all types of accidents and mishaps. We owe them a lot.


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