The quick and decisive actions of deputies Scott Stock and Josh Abel “upheld the highest traditions of the law enforcement profession,” said Sheriff Jon Lopey when presenting them with a commendation certificate and ribbon bar.

Two Siskiyou County Sheriff’s deputies were commended Monday for performing CPR and saving the life of a man who was involved in a traffic accident on Interstate 5 in March.

The quick and decisive actions of deputies Scott Stock and Josh Abel “upheld the highest traditions of the law enforcement profession,” said Sheriff Jon Lopey when presenting them with a commendation certificate and ribbon bar.

On the morning of March 9, just after 7:15 a.m., Stock arrived at the scene of a roll-over traffic collision on I-5 north of Louie Road, Lopey explained. Shortly afterwards, Abel also arrived at the scene.

Stock checked a passenger in the vehicle and discovered he was non-responsive, had no pulse and was no longer breathing, Lopey said.

They quickly extricated the man, later identified as Charles Ferris, age 71 of Port Angeles, Wash., from the vehicle and initiated cardio pulmonary resuscitation. Both deputies provided chest compressions and breaths and after about four minutes, the man’s pulse and breathing were restored, Lopey said.

During the life-saving efforts, the victim’s previous injuries, including a large facial laceration sustained during the accident, complicated their CPR efforts.

Ferris was transported to Mercy Medical Center Mt. Shasta and later to a Redding hospital. Hospital and California Highway Patrol officials confirmed Ferris’s life was saved by the actions of both deputies, said Lopey.

“These fine deputies responded to an emergency and there is no doubt their quick, decisive, heroic, and professional actions saved Mr. Ferris’s life,” said Lopey. “The actions of these deputies gave medical professionals the opportunity to treat the victim for the serious injuries he sustained in the traffic collision. Deputy Stock and Deputy Abel, working as an effective team, saved a human life.”