Wilmington Police officers and local citizen recognized for lifesaving efforts
Five Wilmington police officers and an off-duty Pender County paramedic were recognized during the April 16 City Council meeting for their lifesaving actions. The actions for which these heroes were recognized took place during four unrelated incidents between January 2012 and March 2013.
Watch a video of the award presentation.
Following are summaries of the events that led to the awards.
Officer/Detective Travis Williams – Lifesaving Award
On November 29, 2012, a woman reported her father missing from their residence in the 1000 block of Summerlin Falls Court. She advised Wilmington Police that her 82-year-old father had never gone missing before and that he suffers from dementia. She also said her father walks with a cane. The last time she had seen him was the night before, so she could not provide any clothing description.
Wilmington Police Officers along with the SABLE helicopter started looking for the missing man. Detective Travis Williams was searching in the area of Carolina Beach Road and George Anderson Drive. Even in the darkness, Detective Williams spotted the elderly man about thirty yards into the woods. When Detective Williams located the man, he was tangled in some shrubs, one of his legs was stuck in a drain pipe, he was confused, there was blood on his face and he said that he was very cold. The victim was freed from the pipe and EMS and the daughter were contacted.
The temperature was a low of 29 degrees. The missing man’s age, medical condition and the fact that he was not dressed for the nighttime and early morning temperature all contributed to the urgency of the situation. The actions of Detective Williams saved the man’s life.