Deputies Receive Medal of Valor
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Two Florence County Sheriff Department deputies receive Medal of Valor
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From local reports
Published: September 18, 2009
Two Florence County Sheriff Department Deputies were honored by the South Carolina Law Enforcement Officers Association at its annual Convention in Myrtle Beach on Sept. 16, according to a press release. Lt. Jason P. Dore and Investigator Brad S. McDowell received the Association’s highest award for bravery in the line of duty, the Medal of Valor.
The award was based on the Aug. 4, 2008 hostage rescue by Florence County Sheriff’s Office Swat Unit on Boling Road near Pamplico. Earlier that morning, a 13-year-old child was taken hostage by a subject who demanded that the child’s mother be brought to the home, or the child would be killed. After about three hours of negotiations, the situation began to deteriorate and specific threats to kill the child were made by the subject. At that time, after the use of noise and flash devices to distract the subject, Dore and McDowell were ordered by the SWAT unit commander to make entry into the home. Upon entering the dwelling, the subject was found holding the child beside him and made further life threatening movements toward the hostage.
After refusing orders to the release the hostage, Dore and McDowell simultaneously discharged their weapons, mortally wounding the subject, but saving the life of the 13-year-old, who was rescued without harm.
The Medal of Valor is awarded by SCLEOA to officers who demonstrate outstanding bravery performed in the line of duty and disregard of personal consequences. The award was presented to Dore and McDowell by Sheriff Kenney Boone. “Because of their heroic actions, at great risk of personal harm to themselves, a child’s life was saved, and a mother was able to hug that child again. This is yet another example of the selfless dedication that our deputies have for the people of Florence County,” Sheriff Kenney Boone said. “Jason and Brad would tell you they were just doing their duty, but in our eyes, they are heroes.”