Ontario County celebrates ‘Law Day’ with awards ceremony

Law enforcement personnel Wednesday celebrated Law Day in recognizing local law enforcement — including two quickly responding Ontario County sheriff's deputies who saved a choking man's life — and youth.

“This is something that I’ve been looking forward to as a new sheriff,” said Ontario County Sheriff Kevin Henderson. “The bravery and honor that law enforcement display every day is second to none.”

Deputy Brett Lowry and Deputy Timothy Brewer were recognized for saving the life of Nicholas Bodine, 26, who had become unconscious because he had aspirated. When the deputies arrived, they used an automated external defibrillator (AED) and performed CPR until first responders arrived.

“I enjoy life so much more,” said Bodine, who works for the Town of Victor Parks & Recreation Department. “You don’t realize what law enforcement does on a regular basis, but they are out there saving lives. I’ve gotten to know so many incredible people through the community support.”

In addition to the law enforcement awardees Donna Schaertl presented the "Do the Right Thing Awards" to local students.

"We are so quick to point out when a child does something wrong, but my belief is it is equally noteworthy when a child does something good or overcomes something difficult in their life," said Schaertl. “Today we recognized kids for honesty, bravery, good deeds, saving lives and some who were able to overcome difficulties in their lives and make a significant long-term change despite the odds against them.”

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