Deputies, Paramedics Honored for Heroism in West Side Standoff

Being a cop is never an easy job, and today Bexar County Sheriff Javier Salazar honored four deputies for heroism during the tense standoff at a west side home earlier this year, News Radio 1200 WOAI reports.

Deputy Dustin Treadwell had just started his shift on October 4, when he got a call for gunfire at a home on Ash Field St.

When he got there, he found a woman and a teenaged boy down with gunshot wounds, and the gunman barricaded inside the home.

"I stopped on the street to put on my over armor," he recalled.  "I could smell the gunpowder in the air, and I could see the child laying in the middle of the street."

Treadwell and other deputies used their vehicles as a shield to get the victims EMS techs outside the line of fire, who took them to hospitals, where both of them survived.

"We emptied out the back of a Tahoe, pulled them up and threw them into the back, and got them out of the area fast to get them to waiting medical."

He says, when something like that happens, your training kicks in.

"We have outstanding training the kicks in," he said  "You don't have time to think about it, you just do it."

The gunman eventually killed himself following a standoff that lasted well into the evening.

Today, Sheriff Salazar decorated Treadwell, his team of deputies, the medics who saved the victims' lives, and one U.S. Marshal with the department's top medal for bravery.

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