We can’t recall the last time someone won the Grit Award twice in a year. So we’ll mark 2013 as one for the record books, thanks to a sergeant in the Sheriff’s Office who twice has been in the right place at the right time to help someone in serious need.
David LaBarre received the Grit Award on May 4 for delivering a baby. The parents had made it as far as the entrance to the hospital, with LaBarre providing an escort, but the mom didn’t make it inside the hospital. LaBarre delivered the baby in the car.
Then on Dec. 21, the sergeant and others in the department were out searching for a girl with a mental disability who had been reported missing near Lake Michie. The group split up after seeing what appeared to be handprints and claw marks on the bank of a pond.
LaBarre found the girl, standing in waist-high water in a creek. The soaked child didn’t have any shoes on and was pleading for help.
The sergeant carried her to his patrol car and returned her safely to her family. It was a happy outcome in the holiday season for a story that could have ended so differently.
Sgt. LaBarre, thanks for the good work. We are grateful for what you do, and we know at least two families are exceptionally grateful.