Grayson County Sheriff's Deputy Rance Whobrey and Leitchfield Police Department Officer Keith Harrell were recently honored for their heroism by receiving their respective agency's Lifesaving Award during Tuesday's Grayson County Fiscal Court meeting.

Grayson County Sheriff Norman Chaffins read a memorandum Tuesday from Grayson County Sheriff's Office (GCSO) Chief Deputy Major Jarrod Mudd recounting an incident on Sunday, Feb. 25 in which the actions of Whobrey and Harrell saved the life of an individual.

The memo states that, at approximately 3:53 a.m. on Feb. 25, Whobrey and Harrell responded to 115 Market St. in Leitchfield to a call of shots fired.

Immediately upon arrival, both units heard two loud and distinct pops, which were consistent with gunshots, and they observed two Hispanic males running into an apartment near the location where they heard the shots. As they approached the apartment, they noticed a large pool of blood in front of the door.

Whobrey and Harrell had to forcibly gain entry to the locked apartment door, and, when they did, they discovered one of the males standing in the hallway whom they had to forcibly take to the ground after he refused commands to comply, the memo states.

During the struggle, and after he was subdued, Whobrey noticed "a very large and very deep" laceration to the suspect's right forearm that was "bleeding out of control," according to the memo.

Whobrey immediately called for Grayson County EMS while Harrell applied direct pressure to the wound. Whobrey ran to his cruiser to retrieve a GCSO-issued tourniquet and returned to apply it to the suspect's arm.

Leitchfield Police Department (LPD) Officer Joe Overton then took over applying pressure as Kentucky State Trooper Blake Owens and Harrell secured the rest of the apartment, locating the other Hispanic male hiding in a closet, the memo states.

EMS arrived and transported the patient to Twin Lakes Regional Medical Center where he was later flown to a trauma center in Lexington.

"The ER doctor at Twin Lakes informed law enforcement that, if the tourniquet and pressure to the wound had been applied a minute later, the man would have surely died due to loss of blood," the memo states. "Deputy Whobrey and Officer Harrell essentially stopped the bleeding and saved the man's life. Their efforts and dedication to duty reflect great credit upon themselves, their respective agencies, and the law enforcement profession, and should be awarded the GCSO Lifesaving Award."

"That's what law enforcement's all about," said Chaffins.

Whobrey and Harrell each received a plaque, as well as a Lifesaving Pen in recognition of their actions.

Chaffins presented the plaque to Rance Whobrey, and his father, LPD Officer Greg Whobrey, attached the Lifesaving Pen to his uniform. Leitchfield Chief of Police Bryan Langdon presented Harrell with his plaque, and LPD Captain Brandon Cook attached Harrell's Lifesaving Pen to his uniform.

Following the presentation, Grayson County Judge/Executive Kevin Henderson, who served in law enforcement for 27 years, said officers don't often receive a pat on the back, but "when you do, it means something...Thank you for your service."

In other business:

*The Fiscal Court voted to permit the GCSO to lease four new cruisers for four years for an annual payment of $31,000. The money for the payments, as well as the $5,100 cost of outfitting the cruisers will come from the GCSO's budget.

*Chaffins presented the GCSO's first quarter activity report and said that April is Distracted Driving Month. Law enforcement is encouraging citizens to stay off their phones and stay focused on the road when driving to help prevent accidents caused by distracted driving.

*The Fiscal Court voted to approve a resolution to begin the leasing process for the new ambulances for Grayson County EMS, as well as authorize the purchase of equipment for the new ambulances and the equipment payment contracts.

The equipment for the new ambulances will be purchased by Grayson County EMS; although, the purchases will be made in the county's name.

*The Fiscal Court voted to accept the Grayson County Extension Office's budget for 2018-2019.

*The Fiscal Court approved the St. Paul Bussing Grant Resolution and Contract.

*The Fiscal Court entered executive session to discuss personnel. Upon returning to regular session, Henderson reported that no action was taken.