Paso Robles Battalion Commander Randy Harris Honored for Heroism • Paso Robles Press

Harris was recognized for his efforts during the active shooter incident on June 9, 2020

PASO ROBLES – On Tuesday, April 5, San Luis Obispo County Sheriff Ian Parkinson and Deputy Jim Voge presented Paso Robles Fire Department Battalion Chief Randy Harris with a plaque honoring him for his heroism.

Paso Robles Fire Department Battalion Chief Randy Harris (center) is flanked by San Luis Obispo County Sheriff Ian Parkinson (right) and Deputy Sheriff Jim Voge after being honored for his actions during an active shooter incident in Paso Robles in 2020.

“I appreciate that Sheriff Parkinson and Deputy Vogue took the time to visit and present the award,” Harris said.

Harris was honored for his acts of heroism on June 9, 2020, when he responded to help the Paso Robles Police Department report an active shooter.

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That day, Sheriff’s Deputy Nick Dreyfus was shot in the head by Mason Lira of Monterey. The shooting ended after a two-day manhunt with Lira shot dead near the Salinas Riverbed on the south end of Paso Robles.

When Harris heard “officer down” on the radio, he immediately formed a rescue team. He intervened on the scene, where he evacuated Dreyfus and handed him over to the paramedics.

“Battalion Chief Randy Harris and his team acted selflessly that day,” a statement from the SLO Sheriff’s Office said. “He responded to a scene with an active shooter on the loose because our deputy needed him. We are eternally grateful to him for his courage and valour. From all of us in beige and green, thank you.

Dreyfus survived his injuries after being airlifted to a trauma center outside the area where he underwent multiple procedures. He was welcomed to Paso Robles on June 30, 2020.

“This incident was a team effort between firefighters and law enforcement,” Harris said. “Throughout San Luis Obispo County, firefighters and the law have an incredible partnership that works to better protect our communities. The best news I received that day was that Deputy Dreyfus is doing well on the road to recovery.