Three deputies with the San Luis Obispo County Sheriff’s Office were honored in a ceremony Wednesday for helping a wanted felon who cut his wrists during a standoff in Paso Robles last fall.
The honorees were among nine people who took home awards during the sheriff’s annual general assembly event, during which deputies and personnel were also sworn in and promotions were announced, according to a news release.
Sheriff's Senior Deputy Steven Archibald, Deputy Sheriff Jonathan Franklin and Deputy Sheriff Ethan Strobridge received the Life Saving Award for their actions during the standoff on Nov. 1.
The three deputies found Matthew Booker, a sex offender who was the subject of a monthlong manhunt, at a house in Paso Robles. Booker had previously been sentenced to state prison and had a history of violence with law enforcement officers, officials said.
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Booker initially refused to leave the house and, when he did, “deeply sliced both of his wrists and was bleeding profusely,” officials said. The deputies stopped the bleeding and treated him for shock until paramedics arrived.
“The actions of these deputies display their commitment to safeguarding the community while protecting life regardless of the adverse circumstances they face,” the news release said.
Commendations went to Sheriff's Correctional Deputy Martin O'Brien, Arroyo Grande K9 Police Officer Shane Day, Arroyo Grande K9 Police Officer Zak Ayala, Camp San Luis Sgt. 1st Class Charles Holloway, and Camp San Luis Sgt. 1st Class Anthony Lacoe, who helped capture an inmate who escaped from the Sheriff’s Honor Farm on June 18.
Officers Day and Ayala first spotted the inmate, Lacoe and Holloway detained him, and Correctional Deputy O’Brien secured the inmate and put him back in custody.
The Volunteer of the Year was Dale Murray of Search and Rescue and Sheriff's Auxiliary Volunteer Patrol. Murray joined the Sheriff’s Auxiliary Volunteer Patrol and its Search and Rescue units in March 2011, taking part in each program’s citizen patrol, graffiti eradication, station trainings and calls. As community event coordinator on both units, Murray was recognized for his “superior work ethic, dedication, and performance in the interest of public service,” according to the news release.