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2019-01-09 / Police

Walton Police Honored for Heroics

By Lillian Browne


Walton Police Officers Devin Dunphy, left, and Fred Babcock, right, were presented with a life-saving award by Police Chief Paul Olsen on Jan. 7. Lillian Browne/The Reporter Walton Police Officers Devin Dunphy, left, and Fred Babcock, right, were presented with a life-saving award by Police Chief Paul Olsen on Jan. 7. Lillian Browne/The Reporter WALTON - Two Walton Police Officers were recognized for heroics at a Walton trustees meeting on Jan. 7, credited with saving the life of a man injured in a motor vehicle crash on Aug. 2, 2018.

Officers Devin Dunphy and Fred Babcock received praise, a plaque, and a life-saving award pin from Chief Paul Olsen, as well as a standing ovation from members of the public. They are credited with saving a man’s leg and life when called to assist Walton Emergency Services at a motor vehicle accident, where they applied a tourniquet above a compound fracture and severed artery in the injured man’s ankle.

“They made the decision to use the tourniquet and because of that it saved the young man’s life,” Olsen said of the officers.

Walton EMS received equal praise for their response time of eight minutes from the time the 911 call was received.

“If there were ever an occasion to bestow the award on an officer,” Olsen said, “this was it.”

Dunphy and Babcock were named officers of the year by the Delaware County Firefighters Association in 2018 for their response to the incident.

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