The Jackson County Chamber of Commerce recently honored a deputy and a medic unit as Hometown heroes.
A Jackson County Emergency Management Services unit received the hero award for responding to a heart attack case in which the crew successfully revived the patient.
“Had EMS not given adequate, high quality care to this patient, he would not be here with his family today,” the chamber said in a news release. The EMS crew included Chris Pinckard, Fernando Villalobos and Tylor Murphy.
Also, Jackson County sheriff’s Chief Deputy Maj. Steve Smith received the Hometown Hero Medal of Merit award for “his professionalism and willingness to go above and beyond what is required,” according to the chamber.
Smith, who was promoted to chief deputy in 2016, works alongside Sheriff Janis Mangum in supervising all divisions of the office and jail. Smith also works on personnel issues and the sheriff’s budget.
He was commended by the chamber for “his tireless work” for the office and the community.