Deputy receives award

Effingham County Sheriff’s Deputy Philip Hardiek has received a Meritorious Service Award by the Illinois Fraternal Order of Police State Lodge. Hardiek’s quick response helped save a woman’s life at the Dieterich Fourth of July Parade. Pictured (left to right) are Sheriff David Mahon, Deputy Hardiek, FOP Chairman of Trustees Terry Trueblood and Chief Deputy Paul Kuhns.

Effingham County Sheriff’s Deputy Philip Hardiek been recognized by the Illinois Fraternal Order of Police State Lodge (FOP) with a Meritorious Service Award for his on-duty actions last year that helped save the life of a woman in Dieterich.

The certificate states Deputy Hardiek is recognized, “for his quick thinking in coordinating personnel in the rescue efforts that ultimately saved a woman’s life. His actions exemplify excellent police service provided to his community.”

Deputy Hardiek was nominated for the award by FOP Chairman of Trustees Terry Trueblood and Effingham County Sheriff David Mahon.

Deputy Hardiek was assigned to traffic control at the Dieterich Fourth of July Parade last year when he observed a woman become unconscious and stop breathing. Hardiek immediately coordinated response efforts by emergency personnel and took an active role in the resuscitation efforts that restored the woman’s breathing and saved her life.

The woman received CPR from EMS and her sister. The woman later recovered.

The Effingham County Sheriff’s Office is proud of the recognition Deputy Hardiek received and Sheriff Mahon believes this one action exemplifies how the Effingham County Deputies serve the community.

“A woman is alive today because of Philip Hardiek,” said FOP State Lodge President Chris Southwood. “Philip’s quick response and decisive actions are a prime example of the service our law enforcement officers provide to their communities every day of the year.”

The FOP Meritorious Service Award is presented to a law enforcement officer for outstanding police work which brings great credit to the profession.