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OCSO Sergeant Honored for Saving Life of Suicidal Man in Burning Car

OCSO Sergeant Honored for Saving Life of Suicidal Man in Burning Car

(OCSO, Oct. 29, 2020)

Orion Township, MI- The  Michigan  Sheriffs’  Association  has  awarded Oakland  County  Sheriff’s  Office  Sergeant  Jeffery  Cardinal  with  the  Lifesaving  Award  for  2020. MSA  Executive  Director  Matthew  Saxton  met  with  Sergeant  Cardinal  and  Sheriff  Michael  J. Bouchard today to present him with this honor.

On  January  10,  2020,  at  9:45pm,  Sergeant  Cardinal  was  dispatched  to  a  call  referencing  a  suicidal subject  in  Orion  Township.  The subject posted a video to social media saying goodbye to family members and had threatened suicide. Upon arrival to the location, Sergeant Cardinal observed a car filled  with  thick  smoke  and  an  unidentified  male inside  who  was  making  no  attempt  to  exit  the vehicle.

Sergeant  Cardinal  broke the driver’s side window of  the  burning  vehicle and  was  able  to safely  remove the  individual. Once the subject was out of immediate danger, Sergeant Cardinal proceeded to extinguish the flames before they engulfed the entire vehicle. Once the scene was safe, he was able to render aid to the suicidal subject until EMS and Fire arrived on scene.

MSA Executive Directors Axton commented, “Sergeant Cardinal is the perfect example of someone who deserves this award. He put his safety on the line to save the life of someone else and his quick-thinking helped to resolve this stressful incident in a safe manner.

”Sergeant  Cardinal  is  a  stellar  representation  of  a  law  enforcement  officer  who  inspires others throughout our agency and anyone he encounters,” said Sheriff Michael J. Bouchard. “His selfless service  to  our  country  as  a  former  member  of  the  United  States  Army,  to  his  tenure  as  a  highly respected member of the Sheriff’s Office has been outstanding, and he remains humble in his duties. His  actions  to  save  this  person’s  life serves  as just  one  example, and  I  am  proud  of  him.  Jeff is someone who does not want accolades for his accomplishments yet continues to set a gold standard for how a police officer should conduct themselves. I could not be more honored to have him as part of our team.”

Cardinal began his career at the Sheriff’s Office in 1997 and was recently promoted to Sergeant in August 2020. During his tenure, he has worked in Corrections, Road Patrol, Auto Theft, the Fugitive Apprehension Team, Warrants, and has been a member of the SWAT team. Sergeant Cardinal also served in the United States Army prior to his employment with the Sheriff’s Office.

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