Deputies receive life-saving awards.

September 10, 2018

Left to right: Deputy Donnie Hansen, Sheriff Craig Mast and Deputy Lance Veldekamp. Submitted photo.

Deputies receive life-saving awards.

HART — Deputies Lance Veldkamp and Donnie Hansen were recently presented Michigan Sheriffs’ Association life-saving awards from Oceana County Sheriff Craig Mast.

The deputies saved a woman from an self-inflicted gunshot wound.

“On May 29, 2017, deputies Donnie Hansen and Lance Veldkamp were dispatched to a disturbance in which a gun had been fired with unknown consequences,” Mast said. “Upon arrival at the residence in Grant Township, the deputies found a female suffering from a gunshot wound to her abdomen. The deputies then used all means available to them to render first aid to the woman and secure the scene until Oceana EMS could arrive and take over giving aid to the victim. The deputies then collected all available evidence and conducted interviews at the scene.

“I sent the information to the Michigan Sheriffs’ Association requesting that these two deputies be considered for a lifesaving award,” said Mast. “The MSA awards committee did give those awards, and I am very proud to present them to a pair of very brave young men who protect Oceana County every night.”

Other officers of the Oceana County Sheriff’s Office who have received the life-saving award include: Undersheriff Ryan Schiller, Lieutenant Louis Herremans, Deputy Tim Simon and Deputy Michael Fillips.

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