On Feb. 13, the Montgomery County Board of Supervisors recognized the recent heroic actions of Deputy Steven Parks, a school resource officer at Auburn Middle School.
On Jan. 31, Deputy Parks was able to save the life of a sixth-grade student who was choking by first performing the Heimlich maneuver and then administering CPR.
"We are thankful for the positive outcome following this incident in one of our public schools. The safety and security of our all of our citizens has always been a top priority for our Board, said Board of Supervisors Chair, Sherri Blevins.
"Our Board has long supported having school resource officers in Montgomery County Public Schools. Deputy Parks has highlighted yet another reason for the importance of having SROs in our schools. His training and dedication to his profession saved
a child’s life,” said Blevins.
Montgomery County Sheriff, Hank Partin, has been a major advocate for school resource officers in all Montgomery County Public Schools.
"Without a doubt this is just one more shining example of how important our school resource officers are,” said Partin.
When asked, Deputy Parks will simply say he was doing his job on Jan. 31, like any other school day. “I’m here in the school with these kids every day. I look after them and am willing to do what it takes to protect them,” said Deputy
The student’s family expressed their appreciation for Deputy Park’s actions.
"We are so thankful that our child is alive today because of the actions taken by Deputy Steven Parks. We will be forever grateful for what he did,” said a Tya Linkous, the student’s mother.
Montgomery County is proud to have such dedicated public servants protecting its citizens.