Deputies praised for rushing to help downed motorcyclist on Rt. 441

Deputies Christopher Beh and Joseph Massaad responded to a motorcycle crash on July 21 on Rt. 441 in Penfield. The two applied tourniquets to the crash victim. (WHAM photo)

Rochester, N.Y. (WHAM) - A pair of Monroe County Sheriff's deputies were awarded high honors Thursday for jumping into action and saving a man's life last month.

Deputies Christopher Beh and Joseph Massaad responded to a motorcycle crash on July 21 on Rt. 441 in Penfield.

The motorcyclist had severe arm injuries and faced amputation on one of the limbs.

Both deputies quickly applied tourniquets to stop the heavy bleeding.

On Thursday, the Strong Memorial trauma team honored the deputies for their life-saving work.

"I've seen a lot of bad injuries and most times people end up dying of them," Massaad said. "I'm just glad that the gentleman ended up surviving."

"It's a pretty big honor, especially in a ceremony like this, to receive something like this," added Beh. "I'm just trying to do my job, just like everybody else would."

Tourniquets are provided through the Spirit of Blue Foundation, which helps law enforcement officers provide life-saving equipment.

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