Fairfax Sheriff’s Deputies Recognized for Selfless, Courageous Acts
March 21, 2012
Two Fairfax sheriff’s deputies were among those recognized on March 21 at the 34th Annual Chamber of Commerce Valor Awards ceremony held at the Hilton McLean Tysons Corner. The awards celebrate and honor public safety and law enforcement personnel who have risked their lives or personal safety in the line of duty.
The Bronze Medal of Valor was awarded to Private First Class Naftali Jacob. On September 5, 2011, PFC Jacob was on vacation, attending a parade in New York, when he heard a gunshot and then saw a man fall on his back.
Jacob, who is EMT certified, quickly responded to the victim who was covered in blood and broken glass. Without knowing if the scene had been made safe yet by responding NYPD officers, and initially without latex gloves, Jacob applied direct pressure to the victim’s femoral artery. When the victim lost consciousness, Jacob gave verbal commands and performed a sternum rub, eventually arousing the victim.
With the arrival of an NYPD officer/nurse, Jacob assisted in removing the victim’s pants to assess the gunshot wound. They found an entrance and exit wound on the victim’s upper left leg and another entrance wound on the upper right leg. During the pants removal, Jacob was cut by broken glass on his right middle finger.
Despite the potential of infectious disease exposure, Jacob continued rendering aid until relieved by EMTs. Jacob demonstrated a heroic level of courage, initiative and determination by acting without regard for his own safety in responding to a gunshot victim.
The Certificate of Valor was presented to Master Deputy Sheriff Kathleen Holohan. On the evening of Saturday, July 16, 2011, MDS Kathleen Holohan was on her way home from work, heading east on Braddock Road.
As she approached the light at the intersection of Twinbrook and Braddock roads, she could see that a multi-vehicle accident had occurred. Holohan saw that no one was attending to the woman who had landed hands and face first on the pavement. It appeared that both of the woman’s wrists, her hips and her jaw were broken. She was bleeding profusely from her left wrist, head and chin. She was also spitting out teeth.
Holohan placed the blanket on the woman and put pressure on her left wrist to stem the bleeding. Holohan kept the woman from moving so that her injuries would not get worse. Holohan demonstrated a heroic level of courage and initiative by acting without regard for her own safety when she responded to the surviving accident victim. She had no protective gear and rendered aid during a very emotional incident.
The selfless actions of PFC Naftali Jacob and MDS Kathleen Holohan are clear reflections of the Sheriff’s Office core values of honor, courage and service.