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South deputy, families bond after rescue
Jerry Anchors, who was joined at the ceremony by wife Jennifer and daughter Kate, helped save Jacob Helvey in late December. - photo by Autumn McBride
A Forsyth County Sheriff's deputy has been honored for his efforts that helped save the life of a 3-year-old boy.Scott Banning received the medal of valor and South Precinct Deputy of the Year Award during a ceremony Thursday night.Among those honoring him were Mike and Brandi Helvey and their son, Jacob. The boy is recovering from serious injuries he suffered Dec. 24 when he was pinned between the bottom of an elevator and the first floor landing at his west Forsyth home.Banning, who was en route to another incident at the time, responded instead to the frantic 911 call involving Jacob."I'd give all this back if it had never happened to him, but the fact that it did and the fact that he's here and alive ... it's a good thing," Banning said.Sheriff Ted Paxton explained that when Banning got to the house, he asked a neighbor, Jerry Anchors, to find something to try to pry the elevator up.Banning then laid down on the floor and began giving the child breaths. Anchors returned with a shovel and they were able to push the elevator up enough for Banning to reach the boy and lift the elevator further."This act relieved enough pressure from the child's chest to be able to adminster more effective breaths," Paxton said.