Cory Patrick, Whitley County Sheriffâ€™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
Editorâ€™s note: Throughout the month of June, The Post & Mail will be featuring several public safety officials in a multi-part series.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” While Cory Patrick has only earned one life-saving award, the number of lives heâ€™s saved from stopping drunk drivers are countless.
Patrick, Whitley County Sheriffâ€™s deputy, led all agencies in Whitley County in drunk-driving arrests in 2012 â€” he booked 48 people who were operating while intoxicated (OWI).
â€śI feel like itâ€™s a place that I can make a difference,â€ť Patrick said.
â€śI might save someoneâ€™s life and they donâ€™t even know it.â€ť
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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