Mohave County deputies receive lifesaving awards

Woman revived; man rescued from house fire

Mohave County Sheriff’s deputies, from the left, Lester Tarkowski, Brian Binkney and Joey McEuen were awarded lifesaving awards at a ceremony hosted by Sheriff Jim McCabe, right, on Monday. (Courtesy)

Mohave County Sheriff’s deputies, from the left, Lester Tarkowski, Brian Binkney and Joey McEuen were awarded lifesaving awards at a ceremony hosted by Sheriff Jim McCabe, right, on Monday. (Courtesy)

KINGMAN - Three Mohave County Sheriff's deputies were recognized for saving the lives of two people in separate incidents last summer.

Mohave County Sheriff Jim McCabe presented the awards in a ceremony Monday at the department's Kingman office.

Deputy Joey McEuen was on patrol June 11 when a call regarding an unconscious woman lying in front of a home came over the scanner.

McEuen responded to the home in the 4300 block of Stardust road and immediately began CPR on the woman, who initially had no pulse.

McEuen continued to provide emergency aid until paramedics arrived. The woman survived thanks in part to McEuen's actions, said sheriff's office spokeswoman Trish Carter.

Deputies Brian Binkney and Lester Tarkowski were credited with saving a Kingman man from a burning home on Sept. 7.

Jim Clark was injured and unable to escape his home in the 3900 block of Devlin Avenue.

The fire and smoke was about to overwhelm Clark when Binkney, without hesitation, climbed through a window and lifted Clark to Tarkowski, who carried Clark to safety.

"Something we don't do often enough in law enforcement is recognize and present lifesaving awards," said McCabe. "I'm very proud of the outstanding job of Deputy McEuen, Deputy Tarkowski and Deputy Binkney."

Clark was unable to attend the ceremony, but he remains deeply grateful to the deputies.

"I just want to send out a big, big thank you to Deputy Binkney and Deputy Tarkowski," said Clark on Tuesday.

Last month, Clark said there was "no doubt" in his mind the men saved him from a fiery death.

"I'd like to invite them to my new place for a backyard cookout," he said. "I really need to let them know how grateful I am."

Clark is also grateful to the community at large, saying he has been overwhelmed with all the help he has received.

Clark said he plans to publish a thank you letter to "every person and business that has helped me out."