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Sheriff: six deputies and one nurse honored for life-saving efforts

Sheriff: six deputies and one nurse honored for life-saving efforts

Alamance County’s commissioners paused during their Monday morning meeting for presentations from sheriff Terry Johnson to honor six deputies and a nurse, whose life-saving efforts helped a number of Alamance County residents.

Among those honored: deputy Joseph Care, who responded to an unknown medical call on NC 87 on November 29, 2021.  While in route, communications advised the deputy that an individual was located in the vehicle unconscious.

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Once deputy Care arrived, he was able to locate the vehicle, secure the firearm, and place the unresponsive male on the ground to administer Narcan, typically used to counteract drug overdoses.


Two detention officers honored

On November 22, 2021, Alamance County detention officer Tawfeeq Al-bjaly was making his rounds and came across an inmate who was unresponsive and turning blue.

He immediately began performing chest compressions.

Fellow detention officer Madison Beckom immediately arrived and attached an AED (defibrillator) to the inmate. After discharging the AED, both officers switched off administering CPR until the inmate regained a pulse.

EMS arrived and transported the inmate to the hospital.

According to the sheriff’s office, the inmate survived because of officer Al-bjaly’s and officer Beckom’s quick response and training.

Approximately, 20 minutes later, officer Al-bjaly came across another inmate in distress and immediately began performing CPR. Unfortunately, the inmate never regained consciousness.

According to the commendation read at the commissioners’ meeting, the Alamance County Sheriff’s Office would like to publicly recognize these officers, with a special recognition for officer Al-bjaly in his attempt to save two inmates in one night in the Detention Center. Not present for Monday morning’s presentation was officer Beckom.


Three deputies saved unconscious man

On January 20, 2022, deputy Alexis Hollan and her Field Training Officer, corporal Connor Rice, responded to the Community Shell Station on South NC Highway 87 in reference to an unconscious person.

Once on scene, they found the patient unresponsive with no pulse and abnormal breathing. Rice and Hollan immediately began performing CPR until deputy Ethan Hutt arrived and administered Narcan.


All three deputies continued to perform CPR until EMS arrived. The patient regained consciousness soon after he was in the ambulance. According to the sheriff’s office, EMS paramedics expressed that the patient survived due to the quick response and actions of Rice, Hollan, and Hutt.


Nurse’s quick actions at jail   

On November 24, 2021, an inmate assaulted a female sergeant and locked the officer inside a cell. He then assaulted a second officer when he tried to run away. According to the sheriff’s office, nurse Kelly Boswell immediately intervened – without hesitation and put herself in danger helping to stop the inmate from hurting anyone else.

According to the sheriff’s office, nurse Boswell displayed the ability to think quickly and react to a stressful situation. In addition, she helped by providing medical assistance to those that were injured that day.

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