On December 28, 2007 Deputy Eric Molinares was presented the Sheriff's Office Silver Star award for his actions on November 21, 2007 in Westmoreland County.
On that date Deputy Molinares was searching for an elderly citizen who had been reported missing. The citizen was ultimately discovered holding onto a piling in a local creek. The distressed citizen was in about 8 feet of water and could not move. Deputy Molinares and the distressed citizen's nephew obtained a small canoe and used it to get within reach of the victim.
Deputy Molinares talked the citizen into letting go of the piling, thereby allowing him to hold onto him until he got to shore. Ropes had been tied to the canoe and with the assistance of Deputies Kenneth Wicker and Ed Stiefvater, the citizen was brought to shore where he received the necessary medical treatment.
The Silver Star is the second highest award offered by the Westmoreland County Sheriff's Office and is awarded in instances where a Sheriffs Office member knowingly exposes himself or herself to great personal risk in the performance of an official act.
Deputy Molinares' acts reflect well upon himself and the Westmoreland County Sheriff's Office and serve as inspiration for others to emulate.