Dec 8, 2009 6:21 PM by Jim Hummel
State Police held their annual awards ceremony Tuesday in Baton Rouge, honoring troopers, paramedics and even everyday citizens. Among those receiving the Citizens' Lifesaving Award were Pamela Jackson and James Irby, of Lafayette. The two are credited with saving the life of a one year old boy this summer as the child wandered onto I-49 from a nearby motel.
"He was actually taking about three to four steps out into the road and there were cars 200-300 yards coming that way, so no doubt in my mind that he was seconds away from death," Irby said.
Also receiving the Lifesaving Award were six men from Lafayette. Paul Billeaud, Dr. Jason Durel, Robby Peatross, Shane Pool, Nick Travasos and Danny West were camping near False River in May when two boats collided on the river, killing three people. The men quickly got into their boat and were able to pull five people from the water to safety.
"That is just ordinary people that took time within the talents that God gave us and did something extraordinary with it, and I think it's an honor for me to be able to honor them," said Colonel Michael D. Edmonson, Superintendent of the Louisiana State Police.