A Lee County deputy from Cape Coral is being recognized for his efforts in saving the life of a woman injured in a traffic crash.
Cpl. Chad Edwards has been named as Deputy of the Quarter for the months of July through September.
Edwards was dispatched to the scene of a traffic crash on Alico Road involving injuries on Sept. 30. Upon arrival he quickly assessed the chaotic situation and immediately began attending to a female victim laying on the ground. The woman was not breathing and had no pulse. Edwards instructed a civilian on how to give CPR compressions while Edwards administered emergency breaths to the woman.
After approximately five minutes of CPR, the woman coughed and began to breathe on her own. Lee County Fire/Rescue then arrived and took the woman to a local hospital. Edwards restored life into the woman, who would have passed on had he not been there, officials said in announcing the Deputy of the Quarter recognition Monday.
The Corrections Deputy of the Quarter, John Khan, also is from Cape Coral.
On Sept. 15, while on his way to work, Khan came across an accident at the intersection of Diplomat Parkway and Northeast 24th Avenue in Cape Coral. As Khan responded, he recognized that one of the victims involved in the accident was a co-worker. Khan immediately secured the officer’s gun belt and secured it in his vehicle. Meanwhile, the driver of the other vehicle was being tended to by civilians that also responded to the scene.
While Khan was assisting, he smelled smoke and noticed that the engine compartment of one of the vehicles was on fire. Khan immediately advised the nearest firefighter and the fire was quickly extinguished. Khan then assisted EMS with getting the victims into an ambulance for transport.
The Corrections Civilian of the Quarter, Mary Abernathy, is from Cape Coral as well.
On Sept. 5, Abernathy, a supervisor, was on her way to work at the Core facility when she stopped at the Dairy Queen on Colonial Boulevard. While inside, a man entered the store and appeared to be in some type of medical distress. The man explained he had been working in his yard just a few moments earlier and was bitten by something. Abernathy used her prior experience in Lee County Sheriff’s Office nursing and training to asses and assist this person in need prior to an ambulance arriving.
Volunteer of the Quarter is Jack Frost.
Since Jack Frost of Fort Myers started working with the V.O.I.C.E. program in July 2002, he has volunteered over 7600 hours of his time. This past August alone, he worked more than 165 hours. Frost was the Volunteer of the Year for 2006 and worked over 2000 hours last year. Frost is a true value to the V.O.I.C.E. program and the Lee County Sheriff’s Office who shows his dedication year after year, officials said.
The Lee County Sheriff’s Office is proud to recognize all the individuals listed above for their hard work and dedication.