SPRINGFIELD — Christian County undersheriff Howard Buffett, the son of billionaire business magnate Warren Buffett, is credited with saving a life while on a humanitarian trip to the U.S./Mexico border earlier this month.
Howard Buffett was recently recognized by the Yuma, Arizona, sheriff's office with a Life-Saving Award for his efforts. Buffett was also cited by Christian County sheriff Bruce Kettelkamp.
Buffett encountered a 27-year-old woman who was found unresponsive due to the extreme heat of the remote desert location. The woman, who had traveled over 2,000 miles from her home in Chiapas, Mexico, with her younger brother, collapsed 10 miles north of the U.S./Mexico border along the foothills of the Tinajas Altas Mountains after suffering from heat stroke and dehydration.
The woman was unconscious and in distress at the time of her discovery.
Buffett and a retired law enforcement officer immediately rendered life-saving measures and were able to stabilize her until she could be airlifted by the Border Patrol Search, Trauma and Rescue team to a medical facility in Yuma.
"Our officers assist our community every day without expectation of recognition," Kettelkamp noted, "However, it is nice to see when an officer is acknowledged.
"Good public safety never takes a rest, and I am proud of all of the men and women of the Christian County Sheriff's Office who, like (undersheriff) Buffett, no matter the place or time, are ready to be there to help others."
Buffett oversees two ranches in Arizona and one farm in Texas, which are adjacent to the U.S./Mexico border, though it wasn't immediately clear if the woman was on any of those properties.
Buffett is chairman and CEO of the Howard G. Buffett Foundation, one of the largest private charitable foundations in the United States. The foundation invests primarily in global food security, conflict mitigation and public safety.
Buffett manages a 1,500-acre family farm in Central Illinois and operates a 400-acre farm in Nebraska. He oversees multiple foundation-operated research farms in Arizona, Illinois and Nebraska totaling 9,500 acres.
Buffett was appointed sheriff of Macon County, Illinois, in September 2017 and served through November 2018. Before that, he was an auxiliary deputy for five years in Macon County and Shelby County.
Last month, Buffett suspended his 2022 campaign for sheriff of Macon County.
An author and a conservationist, Buffett served as executive producer (along with Leonardo Dicaprio) of "Virunga," an Academy Award-nominated documentary about conservation work being done in the Virunga National Park in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, and "The River and the Wall," a documentary focused on the impact of a physical border wall on the Texas-Mexico border region.
Buffett is the middle son of Warren Buffett, the 90-year-old chairman and CEO of Berkshire Hathaway.
48 Olympic athletes with Illinois ties
Aisha Praught-Leer, Jamaica: 1,500-meter run
Alyssa Naeher, United States, soccer
Andrea Filler, Italy, soccer
Casey Krueger, United States, soccer
Darryl Sullivan, United States: High jump
David Kendziera, United States: 400-meter hurdles
David Robertson, United States, baseball
DeAnna Price, United States: Hammer
Eddy Alvarez, United States, baseball
Edwin Jackson, United States, baseball
Eliza Stone, United States: Saber
Evita Griskenas, United States, rhythmic gymnastics
Felicia Stancil, United States: BMX racing
Gwen Berry, United States: Hammer
Jewell Loyd, United States, women’s basketball team
Jordan Wilimovsky, United States: 10-kilometer
Jordyn Poulter, United States, volleyball
Josh Zeid, Israel, baseball
Julie Ertz, United States, soccer
Kelsey Card, United States: Discus
Kelsey Robinson, United States, volleyball
Kent Farrington, United States: Show jumping
Kevin McDowell, United States
Laura Zeng, United States, rhythmic gymnastics
Lauren Doyle, United States, rugby
Maggie Shea, United States, sailing
Michelle Bartsch-Hackley, United States, volleyball
Mitch Glasser, Israel, baseball
Nefeli Papadakis, United States, judo
North Shore Rhythmic Gymnastics team, United States: Rhythmic gymnastics team competition
Pedrya Seymour, Bahamas: 100-meter hurdles
Rajeev Ram, United States: Men’s doubles
Raven Saunders, United States: Shot put
Ryan Murphy, United States: 100- and 200-meter backstroke
Sandi Morris, United States: Pole vault
Thomas Detry, Belgium, golf
Thomas Jaeschke, United States, volleyball
Thomas Pieters, Belgium, golf
Tierna Davidson, United States, soccer
Tim Federowicz, United States, baseball
Tim Nedow, Canada: Shot put
Tomáš Satoranský, Czech Republic, men’s basketball team
Tori Franklin, United States: Triple jump
Tyson Bull, Australia: Horizontal bar
Zach LaVine, United States, men’s basketball team
Zach Ziemek, United States: Decathlon
Olivia Smoliga, United States: 400-meter freestyle relay
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