• Loudoun Sheriff’s Deputies Among Those Recognized at 2009 Valor Awards

        Loudoun County, Virginia- Four Loudoun Sheriff’s Deputies were among those recognized Tuesday afternoon at the 2009 Valor Awards ceremony held at the National Conference Center in Lansdowne.

        Deputy Sean McCormack received a Lifesaving Award for his efforts on April 25, 2008. Deputy McCormack came upon a disabled vehicle on Route 28 near Sterling Boulevard. Outside of the vehicle was a woman on a cell phone in obvious hysterics. McCormack approached the vehicle and discovered an infant inside the car suffering from a medical emergency. The baby was blue and shaking, as if it was having a seizure. McCormack repositioned the baby and performed a “finger sweep” followed by a rescue breath. The baby then began breathing on its own. It is clear the actions of Deputy McCormack initiated directly in saving the baby’s life.

        Lt. Kenneth Christensen and Deputy Nicholas Campbell received the Meritorious Action Award. On May 31, 2008, the two were dispatched to a Leesburg residence for a reported burglary in progress. A suspect was reported to be inside the home with a firearm. The deputies entered the home and discovered a female brandishing a firearm. The female appeared upset and demanded the deputies shoot her. Two residents were inside the home and being held against their will. The two began negotiating with the woman, giving the residents an opportunity to flee the home. The woman was persuaded to put down the weapon and was taken into custody. Deputy Campbell’s and Lt. Christensen’s poise and bravery in the face of a grave danger ensured that there were no lives lost in this incident.

        Deputy Christopher Grandner received a Lifesaving Award for his efforts on a medical emergency call on September 13, 2008. Grandner arrived prior to rescue personnel at a residence where a man was suffering from an apparent heart attack. The man was unconscious and was not breathing. Deputy Grandner initiated CPR until rescue personnel arrived on scene. Grandner’s efforts clearly saved the man’s life.

        Also recognized at the event were members of the Leesburg Police Department, the Purcellville Police Department, the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority, personnel from Loudoun County Fire & Rescue and three citizens. Dr. Peter Klainer received the Lifesaving Citizens Award for assisting officers from the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority Dulles International Airport with a medical emergency. Robert Russ was also recognized after he gave CPR to a 72-year-old family member who had been overwhelmed by smoke during a house fire. His immediate action was a key factor the ultimate survival of the woman. And Mark Balensky was recognized for his assistance to emergency personnel after a vehicle struck a man in a Leesburg parking lot.

        The Loudoun County Valor Awards program awards were established by the Loudoun Chamber of Commerce, in conjunction with the local public safety agencies, to recognize and acknowledge members of the various public safety departments, as well as everyday citizens, who have placed themselves in harm’s way over the past year to ensure the safety of others.