Two Jefferson County deputies were honored Wednesday for saving a man's life.
It happened in July when the man, who was on the way to the Gulf for a family vacation, suffered a heart attack during a traffic jam on I-65.
Deputies Jason Orr and Jeff Mulkin were off-duty and traveling to an appointment when they were stopped by the same traffic jam. A citizen approached them and let them know that the man was in distress in a vehicle behind them.
The deputies, who were in Orr's county vehicle, positioned the vehicle to block traffic while they helped the man. Deputies called paramedics and then began CPR until help arrived. Deputies then helped clear traffic so the ambulance could pass through.
The next day, Orr and Mulkin visited the hospital and learned that the man had survived. They were told that the man, who has been identified as a 53-year-old from Murfreesboro, Tenn., likely wouldn't have survived without their help.
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