Sheriff's Deputy Honored for Saving Man's Life
Jun 05, 2014 04:18PM ● Published by Steven Jack
Kendall County Sheriff’s Deputy Robert Lechowicz
Kendall County Sheriff’s Deputy Robert Lechowicz has received honors for his part in saving a suicidal man who nearly jumped off the Route 30 bridge over the Fox River.
Sheriff's deputies were called to the scene on June 2 for man who witnesses said looked as though wanted to jump from the bridge, according to a Kendall County Sheriff's office media release. Lechowicz arrived on the scene to find the man removing his shoes and running toward the bridge, which is about 100 feet above the river.
Lechowicz grabbed the man as he was on top of the ledge preparing to jump and pulled him to safety. The man was transported to Rush-Copley Medical Center without injury.
“Deputy Lechowicz clearly went above and beyond the call of duty”, said Sheriff Richard Randall. “He personifies what Deputy Sheriffs are here for, helping people in their time of need”.
This isn't the first time Lechowicz has been honored recently. He was the Kendall County Officer of the Year in 2013, and was recognized at this year's Oswego Optimist Club Respect for Law Banquet for saving another person's life by performing CPR.
"It's just what we do," said Lechowicz, who has been on the force for three years.