Deputies receive highest honor for actions during Oregon House shooting

December 8, 2017 GMT

Three Yuba County sheriff’s deputies were awarded the department’s highest honor Wednesday for actions taken during an August shooting in Oregon House.

Andrew Everhart, Phillip Bronson and Dan Harris were each awarded the Gold Medal for Valor, which has only been awarded twice before, said Leslie Carbah, spokeswoman for the sheriff’s office.

On Aug. 1, Bronson and Everhart responded to a disturbance in Orgeon House, where a suspect, Mark Sanchez, 33, had allegedly been pulling out marijuana plants. The suspect fled into a nearby residence. Harris arrived, while Everhart and Bronson entered the residence, not knowing the suspect was hiding and preparing to ambush them.

Sanchez shot and struck Everhart and Bronson multiple times. The deputies returned gunfire, killing Sanchez.

Harris pulled Everhart and Bronson outside to safety, not knowing the location or status of the suspect.

“The courage and warrior spirit demonstrated by Deputies Everhart and Bronson was inspirational and allowed them to overcome the most perilous situation any officer could encounter,” Sheriff Steve Durfor said. “Deputy Harris’ truly heroic actions were nothing short of amazing. The actions of these members of our Sheriff’s Department family deserve our everlasting gratitude.”

Durfor also presented commendations to three deputies for “exemplary” performance in their efforts related to the illegal cultivation of marijuana: Sgt. Brandon Spear, Deputy Nathan Byrom, and Deputy Andrew Thomas.