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SRO recognized for saving choking child

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Wilson County Sheriff's Deputy Joe Bowen was awarded a Meritorious Citation Monday by the Lebanon Special School District helping save the life of a student at Byars-Dowdy Elementary.

Bowen, a School Resource Officer was on hand to work the parent teacher conferences being held at Byars-Dowdy Elementary on Sept. 3.

The district said Bowen was quick to react when he noticed a student was choking from having a mint lodged in her throat and quickly performed the Heimlich maneuver until the mint was dislodged, clearing the child's airway.

"Your dedication, positive attitude and abilities do not go unnoticed by the Lebanon Special School District," the citation read. "Because of your quick thinking and confidence you saved the life of this student and demonstrated the value of your service and the important relationship between the Lebanon Special School District and the Wilson County Sheriff's office."

"Obviously the duties and importance of a School Resource Officer expand far beyond a badge and handcuffs. Your dedication to duty, diligence and training reflect great credit upon yourself, Wilson County Sheriff's Office and the school district. Job Well Done!"

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