Deputy Jason Elliotto of the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office has been selected as the 2014 New York State Sheriffs’ Association Institute’s Deputy of the Year. He was nominated for this award by Sheriff Patrick O’Flynn.
He is the 44th recipient of this statewide honor. This coveted award established in 1977, is given annually to a deputy sheriff who has displayed outstanding courage and heroism in the line of duty.
On January 24, 2013, Deputy Jason Elliotto responded to a 911 call of a structure fire. On route he was advised that there were people in the burning house.
Upon arriving at the scene, Deputy Elliotto made a quick assessment of the circumstances as he met with members of the Chili Fire Department. The house was fully engulfed. Heavy black smoke poured out from the structure. A fire fighter advised Deputy Elliotto that a woman was trapped in the house. Deputy Elliotto, along with several fire fighters, entered the building and located the women on the first floor. She was safely removed from the inferno.
On Deputy Elliotto’s own accord, he decided to re-enter the house to see if he could find additional people. While in the kitchen, the smoke forcing him to crawl on his hands and knees, he noticed something moving in a pile of clothes and debris. It was an infant lying on her back dressed only in a diaper. Deputy Elliotto immediately removed her from the burning building and brought her to medical personnel to be cared for.
The actions taken by Deputy Elliotto at this horrific fire scene is nothing short of heroic. He placed himself in extreme danger, forgoing his personal safety to save the lives of others. The heroism displayed on this particular day is in the highest traditions of the profession of law enforcement and is the true definition of “service to others before self” bringing great credit upon not only himself, but the entire law enforcement community.
Photo caption - Sheriff Gary Maha, Genesee County, Chairman of the Executive Comm. NYSSA, Sheriff Patrick O'Flynn, President NYSSA, Deputy Elliotto and Sheriff Ron Spike, Yates County, Chairman, NYS Sheriffs' Association Institute.