In Washington State, authorities are praising the actions of five teenage boys who stepped in to help out a deputy who was being attacked by a person who was suspected of being a drunken driver.
The suspect was attempting to flee the scene of a vehicle accident. To honor what they did, King County Sheriff Mitzi Johanknecht presented the young men with an award that was created to honor members of the community who do things that are extraordinary. The award that the young men received was the prestigious Medal of Heroism and it was thanks to their courage that a deputy was safe. The young men involved were 16-year-old Darrell Swilley, 17-year-old Isaiah Sansaver, 18-year-old Tyran Powell, 18-year-old Kai Tavares, and 19-year-old Dominic Sansaver, all teenagers who just happened to be in the right place and at the right time. Officials say that a female deputy named Deputy Elliot was off-duty and driving home in her patrol car when she was flagged down by people at the scene of a car accident that involved multiple vehicles. It was about 1:00 in the morning in Auburn, Washington on July 18th. First, the deputy checked to ensure that there were no injuries. Then something unexpected happened.
Facebook The person who was believed to have caused the accident was a drunk driver and this person attempted to walk away from the scene of his crime. When the deputy attempted to physically detain him, he fought back, the sheriff’s office reports, putting the deputy in a chokehold as she struggled to breathe. Meanwhile, she heard several young men saying, “Get off of her!” The five teenagers jumped on the man and subdued him as they helped Deputy Elliot free herself and handcuff the suspect.
Facebook Although she suffered bruising and some scrapes from the incident, Deputy Elliot had no serious injuries, but authorities say that the young men “quite possibly saved her life.” “We can’t thank these fine young men enough. They are true heroes,” the sheriff’s office wrote on Facebook.