GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. - The Mesa County Sheriff's Office honored it's deputies and our fellow citizens during their annual award ceremony on Thursday.
Chief among the recognitions was Deputy Erik Olson. Olson was a spectator to a concert on October 1st in Las Vegas. That was the night of the deadliest mass shooting in American History as a gunman killed 58 people at the music festival. While nearly everyone ran away from the scene, Olson ran towards it. He gathered with other off-duty first responders to do what they could to prolong and save the lives of those hurt.
Olson was recognized with the Medal of Valor for his heroic actions.
Deputies Joe LeMoine and Deputy Amanda Simon received the Life Saving Award for their actions to save a teen boy's life. The boy was in process of taking his own life and Deputies LeMoine and Simon were there quickly enough to save him.
The Mesa County Sheriff's Office Citizens on Patrol were honored for work above and beyond duty with the "Unit Citation."
Citizen Awards were given out as well.
10-year-old Andrew Horner saved his Grandma by quickly getting help after a horse-riding accident.
Thomas Early and Matthew MacIntosh were honored with the Citation of Merit.
When a man bunkered in his pick-up truck on Highway 141 outside of Gateway, firing on cars and people passing by with a rifle. MacIntosh and Early, security gaurds at the Gateway Canyon Resort, responded to the scene while other Law Enforcement was at least 40 minutes away.
Their car was struck with gunfire, but they were able to subdue the suspect before anyone was killed.