Ascension Parish Sheriff Jeff Wiley and Lt. Col. Bobby Webre presented Deputies Brian Hughes and Roman Barthelomew with lifesaving awards on Dec. 1 for their heroic efforts while on duty.

On Nov. 7, Hughes responded to a traffic accident on Interstate 10 where a vehicle left the roadway and became submerged in the marshy wood line, a news release said. He and Sorrento fire personnel located and removed the vehicle, rescuing the trapped driver inside, the release said.

Hughes, assigned to the East Patrol Division, began his career with the APSO in December 2011 as a corrections officer and was assigned to the patrol division in November 2013.

On Nov. 9, Barthelomew responded to an overturned, submerged vehicle on Interstate 10 near Sorrento. Along with first responders, he entered the canal and assisted in holding the rear of the vehicle out of the water, allowing the driver a pocket of air until being rescued.

Barthelomew began his career with the APSO in June 2012 and was assigned to the West Patrol Division in November 2013.