On 3/15/2019, Burnet County Sheriff’s Office Deputies Eric Molina and Leon Ingersoll along with DPS Trooper Daniel Ruiz received the Burnet County Sheriff’s Office Lifesaving Award for their actions on December 29, 2018 at the scene of a major traffic collision.
Deputies Molina, Ingersoll, and Trooper Ruiz responded to a major two vehicle collision on 12/29/2018 south of Marble Falls on US 281. One vehicle caught fire and the driver was pinned in the wreck. These officers utilized at least 8 fire extinguishers and broke out windows to help the trapped driver. Deputy Ingersoll used his patrol unit to push the burning car away from the other vehicle so that rescuers could get to the driver’s door to help the trapped driver.
Their actions were pivotal in buying time for fire and EMS to arrive and take over rescuing the driver, who was stabilized and air lifted to a trauma center. Without their heroic actions, the driver would have certainly perished that day in the burning vehicle. Molina, Ingersoll, and Ruiz were treated at the scene by EMS and at the emergency room for smoke inhalation. All three returned to duty later that day.
BCSO is proud to announce that two new additions to the team were sworn in on March 4, 2019 by Sheriff Calvin Boyd. Both are experienced officers and will make a great addition to Burnet County.
Natalie Sharp joins us as our new Animal Control Deputy. She will begin an orientation period with the Patrol Division before she attends training to become certified for Animal Control.
Scott Davis was also sworn in today and will be assigned to the Patrol Division as a field deputy. He will now complete the Field Training Program before being released to solo duty.
The Burnet County Sheriff’s Office is pleased to announce that we have been awarded a grant from K9s4COPS, an organization that provides K9s to law enforcement agencies on a grant basis.
Deputy Kyle Ciolfi was selected from our staff to be the K9 handler and was able to meet and bond with K9 Ron (aka Jag) on 2/18/2019. They will now begin an intensive K9 course together at Pacesetter K9 in Liberty Hill that will equip Deputy Ciolfi and K9 Ron to perform narcotics detection and tracking functions.
As a part of the grant agreement, Burnet County SO will equip a patrol unit with the appropriate K9 cage, provide a kennel at the deputy’s house, and make arrangements for feeding and medical care for the K9.