GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. — The Mesa county sheriff’s awards are usually held in the winter, but because of Covid, this year, award recipients were honored on a warm Friday in May. The date change wasn’t going to stop Melinda and Jonathan Frandsen from attending the event. Because they were there to celebrate one of their personal heroes.
“A year ago this week, I had a massive heart attack and I was unconsious. My wife initiated chest compressions. Soon after officer Sandell and his partner arrived and administered chest compressions and saved my life that night,” says Jonathan.
Deputy Sandell, a humble hero who was happy to just have the Frandsens tell the story, received a life saving award one of the many awards at the ceremony.
Representatives of the sheriff’s department say the awards ceremony is an important way to show respect to the people who serve to protect the community everyday, and especially so after a particularly challenging year for law enforcement.
“2020 was a really difficult year for law enforcement and they probably felt underappreciated in the community. So I felt it was important to be here and support the men who saved my life,” says Jonathan.