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Officer honored with Life-Saving Pin

Sgt. Jason Briggs saves man’s life during Bahamas cruise

NEWTON, N.C. – A Charlotte man credits Newton Police Sgt. Jason Briggs with saving his life during a medical emergency on a cruise ship.

Briggs and his family were on a cruise in the Bahamas when a fellow passenger, Barry Crabtree of Charlotte, went into cardiac arrest. Briggs and his wife jumped into action, immediately beginning life-saving protocol by performing CPR on Crabtree until the ship’s medical personnel arrived.

Crabtree was resuscitated and transported to a local hospital for stabilization before he was brought back to the United States to recover.

Newton Mayor Anne P. Stedman and Police Chief Don Brown presented Briggs with the Life-Saving Pin at a recent City Council meeting. Briggs will wear the pin on his police uniform.

“I know you didn’t come to Mr. Crabtree’s rescue for the recognition,” Stedman said. “Heroes don’t do what they do for the recognition; they do what they do because they care about people.”

Crabtree and his family were at the meeting to offer their thanks to the Briggs family.

“All I can say is, ‘Thank you,’” Crabtree said. “Without Sgt. Briggs and his wife, I probably wouldn’t be here.”

Briggs remained modest as he accepted the honor.

“I just did what any of my brothers and sisters in blue would have done,” he said.

Sgt  Jason Briggs Life Saving Pin

Newton Police Sgt. Jason Briggs accepts the Life-Saving Pin from Newton Mayor Anne P. Stedman and Police Chief Don Brown (right). Briggs’ efforts on a Caribbean vacation helped save the life of Barry Crabtree (left).