Highlands County Jail staff honored for saving inmate's life

11:49 AM, Nov 12, 2012   |    comments
Detention Commander Major David Paeplow presents the Merit Award to Nurse Sanders. (Image courtesy Highlands County Sheriff's Office)
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Sebring, Florida -- A registered nurse and a Highlands County Jail detention deputy are both being honored for saving the life of an inmate on Aug. 14.

According to reports, the inmate suffered some type of seizure and became unresponsive. Deputy Dale Vaughn and Registered Nurse Robin Sanders jumped into action using CPR and a defibrillator in an attempt to revive the inmate.

The inmate remained unresponsive, but Vaughn and Sanders continued performing CPR until EMS arrived. Crews were eventually able to revive the man, but credit jail staff with saving his life.

Both Vaughn and Sanders received the Sheriff's Office Merit Award for their life saving actions.

"This is the third inmate that nurse Robin Sanders has revived during her tenure and the second one this year," said Sheriff Susan Benton. "This is further proof that while all of our Detention members are trained in CPR, having an experienced Medical Team on staff makes a significant difference in our first responder capabilities."

Detention Commander Major David Paeplow presented the Merit Award to Nurse Sanders. Detention Deputy Vaughn was not available to attend the awards ceremony and will be presented with the award at a later date.

Beau Zimmer, 10 News

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