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Deputy Recognized For Helping Choking Student

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Sheriff Jim McVicker said he recently received a letter from Elizabethtown Middle School Principal, Elizabeth Cole commending School Resource Deputy Kayla Moore for intervening in what could have been a life threatening incident.

“Before receiving the letter from Principal Cole, I was not even aware of the incident,” said McVicker. “Deputy Moore said she was just doing her job and did not think it was anything out of the ordinary.”

Principal Cole wrote in part: “I am writing to inform you of my appreciation for Deputy Kayla Moore. On the night of October 18, 2018, we hosted Clarkton School of Discovery in football. Deputy Moore was one of the deputies on duty that night. While she was on duty, she assisted one of our students near the concession stand that was choking. He appeared to be short of breath and indicated through body language that he was struggling and had something lodged in his throat. She administered the Heimlich Maneuver on the student and he was able to dislodge the object that was causing difficulty.”

Principal Cole went on the say she was grateful for the partnership of the Sheriff’s Office and the schools and she was particularly thankful for Deputy Moore’s quick actions that assisted a student in a traumatic moment.

“I would like to join Ms. Cole in recognizing Deputy Moore,” said the Sheriff. “She has been with our office a little over six months but has already proven herself to be an asset. Her not seeking recognition is typical of so many of my men and women who quietly go about their jobs on a daily basis, neither asking for nor seeking recognition. We are all proud of her. She is an asset to the entire county.”

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