“As sheriff, there's nothing that makes me more proud than recognizing my people,” said Sheriff Tony Helms. “I want to thank all of my deputies, not just those in attendance today, for their work.”

The Camden County Sheriff’s Department honored five officers at an awards ceremony Tuesday morning. The officers received certificates of acknowledgement, along with medals to place on their uniforms to commemorate outstanding deeds performed in the line of duty.

Sheriff Tony Helms made a brief statement before the ceremony, stating that these medals were long overdue.

“As sheriff, there’s nothing that makes me more proud than recognizing my people,” he said. “I want to thank all of my deputies, not just those in attendance today, for their work.”

The awards, and the actions performed to receive them, are as follows: 

Deputies Adam Edgar and Trenton Teubner, Life Saving Medals

On Jan. 3, 2015, Deputy Edgar, assisted by Deputy Trenton Teubner, attempted to pull over a vehicle going over the speed limit. Upon pulling them over, the deputies discovered a woman giving birth in the back seat. Edgar contacted Emergency Medical Services to receive instructions, and assisted Teubner in delivering the child. The deputies remained with the mother and child, checking vitals and keeping the baby warm. By maintaining determination and calm resolve, both deputies were able to safely deliver the infant and save a life.

Deputies Jeff Leeper and Adam Edgar, Life Saving Medals

On March 15, 2015, the CCSD received a call about a missing two-year-old child. The child was located in a pond nearly one-half mile from the residence. Deputy Leeper responded to the scene and began CPR on the child. He was joined by Deputy Edgar, and the pair continued life-saving efforts on the child for approximately 45 minutes. The deputies were assisted by ER staff from Lake Regional, who provided other medical assistance. The child, after an extended stay in the hospital, was able to make a full recovery. By maintaining determination and calm resolve, both deputies were able to and save a life.

Deputy George Belanger, Life Saving Medal

On Jan. 18, 2017, Community Resource Officer George Belanger was patrolling near Brownsville Road in Stoutland. On his patrol, he noticed a man sitting near a truck which appeared to have rolled into a pond. Responding to the scene, Belanger learned that the man’s leg had been broken in the accident. Noting the severity of the break and that the man had lost a sizable amount of blood, he contacted EMS and began comforting the man. His diligence and vigilance kept a bad situation from becoming worse. By maintaining determination and calm resolve Belanger was able to save a life.

Colonel Jimmy Brashear, Medal of Valor

On July 19, 2014, then Sergeant Jimmy Brasher responded to a call in Gravois Mills to check the wellbeing of a man who had become despondent. The man’s wife feared he might harm himself. Upon arrival, the man’s wife met Sergeant Brashear and informed him the locks on the workshop had been changed, and she authorized him to force entry. He kicked in the door, finding himself confronted by the man with a gun. Brashear backed out, letting the wife enter to calm him down. The wife exited a short time later, holding the weapon. Believing the man disarmed, Brashear entered the building once more only to find the man had another weapon that he was holding near his waist. The man’s wife wrapped her arms around him, allowing Brashear to circle around and deploy his taser. The man fell on the gun, and Brashear jumped on his back to keep him from firing. In the course of the struggle, three shots were fired. Brashear was able to get the gun away from the subject and cuff him without injuries to anyone involved. Due to his calm resolve, courage under great peril and risk to his life, Brashear reflected the best qualities of the Camden County Sheriff’s Department.