By Jay Meisel
ST. LUCIE COUNTY - When a reckless driver fatally struck a young woman with his car, Dennis Scott, a resident in the area, chose not to be a passive bystander.
Instead, he contacted 911, stopped the driver from leaving the scene and assisted St. Lucie County deputies with CPR for the victim, St. Lucie County Sheriff Ken Mascara said at an awards ceremony last week.
Because of Mr. Scott's efforts, Sheriff Mascara gave him a life saving award.
Mr. Scott was one of a few people to receive awards for either life saving or going beyond the call of duty in their jobs.
Some of the other awards were:
.Deputies Shawn Masters, David Meizinger and Paul Pearson received life saving awards for also being involved in efforts to save the young woman hit by a car.
.Lt. Bob Soesbe and deputies Michael Alonge, Pat Ivy, Edward Lopez and William Miller received awards for helping save the life of an elderly woman with advanced Alzheimer's Disease who had wandered away.
.Deputy Matt Briglia received a life saving award for helping a woman who was hit by a swamp buggy and was found lying face down in a muddy ditch.
.Deputy John Brady received a life saving award for pulling another deputy out of the line of a car rushing toward them. He also was named detective of the quarter, for among other things helping to capture 75 fugitives.
.Deputy Chris Jadin received a life saving award for giving first aid to a suspect who had been shot three times.
.Deputy Erin Flanagan received a life saving award for giving CPR to a man in his 70s who collapsed at a high school dance recital.
.Karen Hills was named detention deputy of the quarter for doing a thorough job. She has discovered contraband that could have been used as weapons and corrected paperwork errors regarding prisoners.
.Ashley Mayr was named civilian of the quarter for among other things, taking it upon herself to correct data errors in the first call reverse 9-1-1 system.
.Deborah Pate was named patrol operations deputy of the quarter for hard work and being instrumental in the arrest of two suspects who confessed to being involved in three burglaries.