June 9, 2021
BATH, NY — Four members of the Steuben County Sheriff’s Office were commended Monday by county Sheriff Jim Allard for their quick response in saving lives and preventing potential injury or death. Allard told the county Legislature’s Public Safety Committee county Deputy Robert Shepherd, county Corporal Andrew Hawk, county Corrections Sergeant Lorrie Gardner and county Corrections Officer Robert H. Labar all upheld the department’s highest standard of professionalism, integrity, leadership and service in their recent actions.
Allard said Shepherd and Hawk responded to a report of a patient turning blue. The pair found an unresponsive person with only a faint carotid pulse and sporadic breathing. Since Hawk had experience with the victim, he had reason to believe opiate use was probable and he administered NARCAN. The two men also administered oxygen. The patient began breathing again, but was unresponsive for another 25 minutes, according to Allard’s report. Their action was reviewed by Michael Pirozzolo, EMSTAR Director / Chief Operating Officer who said “Your treatment protocol (was) perfect. Everything from jumping the call, to launching aircraft to the care delivered. There is no doubt in my mind your response and care likely saved a life.”
Sgt. Gardner was commended for observing a small glass bottle with a white powdery substance in a cell occupied by a detainee during a floor check of the Centralized Arraignment Court booking area. Gardner secured the glass bottle and located another small bag of a white powdery substance in the possession of the inmate. The detainee successfully secreted both items during previously searches by the arresting agency and by county booking officers. The individual was then arrested for promoting dangerous contraband, later identified as methamphetamine. “If introduced into the jail population it could have caused injury or death,” Allard said. “Due to your attention to detail and commitment to upholding the Sheriff’s Office core values, the dangerous contraband was found and appropriately removed from the facility.”
Labar was supervising Unit 3 of the Steuben County Jail when his attention was drawn to an inmate on the floor of his cell. He determined that the inmate was in distress due to having tied a sheet around his neck and securing it to the toilet, then laying down to commit suicide. Labar called the appropriate code and was assisted by Officer Eric Stanford and Sgt Jonathan Mullikin in cutting the sheet from the inmate’s neck and reviving him. The inmate made a full recovery with no injury, Allard reported. “Your actions in concert with Officer Stanford and Sergeant Mullikin literally made the difference between life and death,” Allard said.