Lewis Co. sheriff deputies honored for their act of courage that saved lives

Lewis Co. sheriff deputies honored for their act of courage that saved lives
CRAIGMONT, ID - Two local sheriff's deputies were honored Tuesday after their acts of bravery that saved lives over the weekend.

The emotional ceremony brought Lewis County Sheriff's department, family and friends to tears.

It's a scene you'd expect to see in a movie. Hulk-like strength that only CGI-animation can make possible. But in the case of two Lewis County Sheriff's department deputies, lifting a car is just another day on the job.

"With quick thinking, my two deputies lifted the car off the victim, which is an unbelievable feat and in essence saved his life," said Sheriff Brokop.

Corporal Phillip Arnzen and Deputy Austin Smith were called out to a car accident late Friday, along Highway 62 near Craigmont. Upon arriving to the scene, they discovered 41-year-old Michael Weddle trapped underneath the vehicle that had flipped upside-down in a creek.

"Though unexplainable how you two lifted a car off the ground and moved it so you could stop the pinned victim from drowning, we are most grateful and proud," said Brokop.

To honor their strength and courage, members of the community and Lewis County Sheriff Brian Brokop honored each deputy with a "Certificate of Exceptional Valor" and a pin to commemorate their bravery. Lewis County Chief Deputy Jason Davis couldn't help but get choked up during the emotional ceremony.

"My hats off, and you have no idea the pride that streams within me at this point," said Davis.

"We are trained to do this everyday," said Cpl. Arnzen. "As first responders, we're trained to save lives and that's what we did."

While the driver of the vehicle is still in the hospital, all three passengers suffered only non-life threatening injuries.

"It's our job and we're proud to do it, we're proud to serve you guys," said deputy Smith.

The driver is still in the hospital at this time but was listed in fair condition as of Sunday. According to a representative from the Idaho State Patrol 25-year-old Jesse M. Savoy-Striebeck of Clarkston is going to be cited.