By Owen Woods |

ALAMOSA County Sheriff Deputy Seth Hoffman was awarded his second Life-Saving Achievement Award on Wednesday, during the county commissioners meeting. 

Alamosa County Sheriff Robert Jackson said because the case is active and ongoing, he was restricted in what he could say about the incident, but he said, “Suffice to know, this deputy is a true hero.” 

Hoffman responded to the Oct. 27 officer-involved shooting which happened on the 1200 block of Denver Avenue in Alamosa. Alamosa Police Officer Mollee Heeney and Ricardo Rangel were both shot just after 4 p.m. 

When Hoffman arrived he applied a tourniquet to the male victim and rendered medical aid until an ambulance arrived, which was “instrumental” in saving the man’s life. 

Undersheriff Shawn Woods presented the award to Hoffman. “They say in law enforcement, your career is spent usually 95 percent boredom and 5 percent oh, crap. This is one of those oh, crap moments. … Seth Hoffman, he’s been with us for a little over a year, and this is his second life-saving award, which says a lot about who he is and what his character is.

“I’m just so thankful to have Seth and the rest of these wonderful men and women that work for the Alamosa County Sheriff’s Department with us. I’m proud of each and everyone of them. And it’s a true pleasure to be alongside them,” Woods said.