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Bossier Sheriff Julian Whittington recognized two men for their life-saving actions.

Deputy Darryl Ware rescued a man from the second story of a burning apartment complex back in January. Robert Berry saved one man's life and attempted to save another during an electrical accident at Cypress Black Bayou in February.

Sheriff Whittington presented the Bossier Sheriff's Office Commendation Medal to Deputy Darryl Ware, a five-year veteran with the Bossier Sheriff's Office.  

Deputy Ware was working patrol in the Benton area early Saturday morning on January  25 when he was dispatched to a structure fire at the apartment complex around 6:30 a.m. He was the first deputy on scene along with a volunteer firefighter and saw one of the apartment buildings that had eight joined units engulfed on one side.  The fire had spread to the upper apartments blocking the stairwell which accessed those units, and some residents who had already evacuated told him that one of the upper apartments still had an occupant.

Ware was not able to go up the stairs, so he climbed from a first floor patio fence to the upstairs balcony and pounded on the wall of the apartment and the sliding glass door trying to wake the residents.  Troy Cummings was the sole occupant in the apartment, and he awoke disoriented and appeared in shock from being awakened by someone on his balcony. Deputy Ware told Cummings that there was a fire in the building blocking the front door and stairway, and that he needed to get out since there was smoke already in his apartment. 

Cummings attempted to go to the front door and exit, but when he opened the door, the flames and smoke were too intense.  Deputy Ware then quickly helped Cummings, who was afraid and still disoriented, get out of his apartment by climbing over the balcony down the outside wall. Ware climbed down first and guided him down by placing his feet and lowering him down to safety.

Robert Berry was presented with  Bossier Sheriff's Office Outstanding Achievement Award for his actions.

Around noon on February 6, Brandon Beaver and Kevin Snell were conducting electrical repairs on transformers mounted on slabs on the ground in Cypress Park. The two men were working alongside each other when Brandon came in contact with a hot line while attempting to remove a rubber boot from an old transformer.  Brandon was immediately electrocuted, and because Kevin was working right next to him, he was electrocuted as well.  

Berry was standing nearby where the contractors worked, and he quickly attempted to knock the two men from the electrical current. All three men suffered injuries and were transported to local hospitals for treatment. Unfortunately, Brandon passed away due to his injuries, but Kevin lived because of the quick actions by Berry.

Sheriff Whittington concluded, "I commend both Deputy Darryl Ware and Robert Berry for their incredible acts of bravery and selflessness in the face of danger.  Their thought for the safety and welfare of their fellow man is truly exemplary."

 

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