NEWS RELEASE 17-190 - AUGUST 10, 2017
Sergeant Nichols, Deputies Sell, Perozo, Martin, and Egoville, and Sheriff Knight
Sergeant Robert Nichols and Deputy Shaun Martin are recognized for their proactive investigation and exemplary performance in attempting to locate a missing and endangered woman, and resuscitating her when they found her unconscious. In May, the woman was listed as missing and endangered after making suicidal statements. Deputy Martin received information that the woman had recently purchased and reactivated a new phone. He quickly worked to get a ping on her location through her service provider which indicated she was somewhere in the area of State Road 64 and I-75 in Manatee County. Manatee County Sheriff’s Office deputies were dispatched to the area but were unsuccessful in locating her. With the accuracy of the ping, Lieutenant Hayes and Sergeant Nichols agreed that her vehicle was most likely at a motel in the area. Lieutenant Hayes authorized both Sergeant Nichols and Deputy Martin to drive into Manatee County to try and track her down. Deputy Martin very quickly found her vehicle parked at a hotel in Bradenton. Sergeant Nichols immediately made contact with management to gain access to her room, but the door was locked. Based on the circumstances, Sergeant Nichols made the executive decision to break the window of her motel room. Upon entry, the bathroom door was also closed and locked from the inside; however, deputies were able to breach the door to find the woman inside. She was unconscious, submerged in an overflowing bathtub, with several pill bottles nearby. With quick action, Sergeant Nichols began administering rescue breaths, while Deputy Martin administered one dose of his agency-issued naloxone. After several more rescue breaths, she began to breathe on her own as Manatee County EMS responded. By the time she was transported, her condition had already begun improving. Had it not been for the diligent investigation, thoughtful leadership, thorough follow up, and life-saving efforts of Sergeant Robert Nichols and Deputy Shaun Martin, the woman would certainly not be alive today. Both men went above and beyond the call of duty to save a life.