Humanitarian awards given to two troopers

May 23, 2012 by  

Last week, Elkin resident Sgt. Mitchell Haunn and Wilkesboro resident Sgt. James S. Cox were presented humanitarian awards in Raleigh, North Carolina by the North Carolina State Highway Patrol for their heroic actions that were able to save lives. Poster printing and flyer printing is probably being used by the North Carolina State Patrol to make the residents of state aware of their actions and contributions to humanity.

Cox received the Samaritan Service Award for his January 3 efforts to rescue Tommy Shepard, whose pickup overturned on an icy road in Asheville County and ended up in Nathans Creek. Water poured into the truck as Shepard was trapped inside.

Cox and an Ashe County deputy sheriff, Aaron Reed, arrived on the scene and were assisted by two other men, Dennis Davis and Tommy Richardson. With the use of a chain from a salt truck, they were able to yank open the truck door and remove Shepard from the icy waters. Suffering from an extreme drop in body temperature, he was rushed to Ashe Memorial Hospital where he made a recovery.

Haunn was recognized for his efforts in rescuing eight people from an overturned van in Surry County on Interstate 77 South on December 20, 2011. Haunn saw the van overturn and then catch on fire as it traveled into the median. He used his fire extinguisher to battle the fire while another motorist stopped and helped the passengers out of the van. The vehicle exploded but everyone was able to vacate the scene in time.