Morgan deputy earns lifesaving award

Morgan deputy earns lifesaving award

Morgan County Sheriff’s Deputy Landon Hart has been presented with the Illinois Fraternal Order of Police (FOP) Lifesaving Award for his actions in August 2023 that helped to save the life of a pedestrian who had been hit by a truck. Deputy Hart was awarded in January 2024.

Morgan County Sheriff’s Deputy Landon Hart

On August 17, 2023, Morgan County Sheriff’s Deputies were dispatched to Interstate 72 south of Jacksonville after a tractor-trailer had struck a pedestrian who was walking in the traffic lane. When he arrived at the scene, Deputy Landon Hart saw a bleeding man lying in the highway median, with the semi driver standing next to the victim.

Deputy Hart examined the victim and found that he was bleeding from several injuries, including a ruptured artery, and was quickly losing large amounts of blood. Hart immediately applied a tourniquet to the man’s leg, saving the victim’s life. Emergency services personnel arrived shortly thereafter and attended to the victim before transporting him to a local hospital.

The Fraternal Order of Police, founded in 1915, is the largest organization of sworn law enforcement officers in the United States. With a proud tradition of officers representing officers, the FOP is the most respected and most recognized police organization in the country.

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