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Bailey Named Top Deputy

Sheriff Lance Humphreys presented Sgt. Jim Bailey with the Deputy of the Year award last week at the Mississippi Sheriff’s Association conference in Biloxi.

 Yalobusha County Deputy Jim Bailey was honored as the 2017 Deputy of the Year last week by the Mississippi Sheriff’s Association. Bailey was nominated by Sheriff Lance Humphreys, who reported Bailey routinely goes above and beyond during the execution of his duties and always responds with professionalism and compassion.

Humphreys cited two specific incidents where Bailey worked to make a difference in the lives of Yalobusha County citizens in dire need.

On Friday, August 26, 2016, Deputy Bailey was the first one on the scene after dispatch received a 911 call about a couple who had been struck by lightning on the backwaters of Grenada Lake. Deputy Bailey received limited information about the location and events as the caller was disoriented, but because of his familiarity with the area he was able to find their vehicle, which had been driven out on the lake bottom and was not visible from the boat landing.

Deputy Bailey stripped his gun and equipment, except for his radio, and responded by wading and swimming from Bryant Boat Ramp to Turkey Creek. Bailey moved through the mud and water as rapidly as possible after learning the female victim was unconscious. Although the female victim was deceased upon his arrival, he was able to guide the other responders to the location and the injured man with her. Deputy Bailey remained with the body until the U.S. Corps of Engineers and other deputies arrived on the scene in a boat.

On Friday, March 3, Deputy Bailey had stopped by his residence for a quick break when a neighbor alerted him to a nearby fire. Bailey, who could also see the smoke and hear the fire popping, jumped in his patrol car and arrived at this neighbor’s house within seconds and soon discovered the owner of the home, slumped over on the ground under his carport, the fire blazing above and around him.

Bailey jumped into action, comforting his neighbor as he pulled him to safety.. Although the victim had been severely burned, he was able to make a full recovery. The outcome would have been totally different if Bailey had not reacted quickly, as the victim unable to move, overcome by the heat and smoke, laying on the ground next to his car which was already partially melted from the fire. Bailey then comforted the fire victim during the 20-minute wait before he was flown to the Regional One Health in Memphis for treatment.

“Deputy Bailey is a true hero in blue, striving to make a difference in the lives of Yalobusha County residents every day,” Humphreys added.

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