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HOMETOWN HEROES: Cory Patrick — Sobriety sentinel

June 24, 2013

Cory Patrick, Whitley County Sheriff’s deputy, led all agencies in the county in OWI arrests last year. Above, Patrick uses a portable breath test. Post & Mail photo / Nicole Ott

Editor’s note: Throughout the month of June, The Post & Mail will be featuring several public safety officials in a multi-part series.

COLUMBIA CITY — While Cory Patrick has only earned one life-saving award, the number of lives he’s saved from stopping drunk drivers are countless.

Patrick, Whitley County Sheriff’s deputy, led all agencies in Whitley County in drunk-driving arrests in 2012 — he booked 48 people who were operating while intoxicated (OWI).

“I feel like it’s a place that I can make a difference,” Patrick said.
“I might save someone’s life and they don’t even know it.”

Though some of his OWI arrestees may not appreciate Patrick, a young girl is not ignorant to his life-saving efforts.

Patrick, along with fellow deputy Jason Spencer, earned life-saving awards for rescuing a child from drowning.

A woman got out of her car and left her two daughters in the vehicle, a teenager and young child.

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