Citizen award presented by Iron County Sheriff’s office

Iron County Sheriff’s Deputy Jobe Peterson presented Joseph Paul of Washington County with an award for his help in locating young girls who were the subject of an Amber Alert in December.

On December 4 following the Amber Alert, Paul set out from his home to see if he could be of assistance in locating the girls. He later saw an adult man walking along the railroad Frontage Road near Lund. The subject matched the description of the male from the Amber Alert, so he made contact with the subject and called information into the Cedar City Communications Center. Paul maintained a close watch on the man until a deputy from the ICSO arrived.

“Paul’s actions proved instrumental in the ensuing search by Iron County Sheriff’s deputies which ultimately located the girls and led to the quick apprehension and arrest of the male, Samuel Shaffer,” said Lt. Del Schlosser of the ICSO. “Paul’s quick thinking and intuition that night ultimately saved the lives of the four girls who had been kidnapped by Shaffer.”

Schlosser said that due to the allegedly heinous treatment by Shaffer, the four girls were in extremely poor health and physical condition. He said the girls were allegedly being held captive in two separate locations, with neither location having any source of heat nor adequate clothing for the harsh elements. The weather on December 4 was “undoubtedly one of the coldest nights of the year with temperatures in the single digits and a bitterly cold wind chill,” Schlosser said. “The Iron County Sheriff’s Office is extremely grateful to Paul for his cooperation with an active law enforcement investigation which led to the safe return of the four girls.”

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