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Above and Beyond Awards

Each day, the men and women of the Winston-Salem Police Department engage in outstanding work that is vital to the safety and general well-being of the city. At times, our officers and non-sworn employees go well beyond the scope of their daily duties or perform in a manner that is exemplary and “Above and Beyond” what is expected of them. It is important that those acts be recognized and applauded.

All nominations for the Above and Beyond Award have been carefully considered and the following personnel have been selected:

 


Rufus W. Dalton Award 

Corporal M. D. Griffith

Cpl GriffithRufus W. Dalton was born and grew up in the West End area of Winston-Salem. He was an employee of Wachovia Bank and never worked in law enforcement. However, something about the profession apparently affected him personally. He designated 153 individuals and 31 charitable institutions in his will, but his largest bequest went went to local law enforcement  agencies through the establishment of the Rufus Dalton Trust in 1983. He designed the fund to honor the bravery of police officers injured in the line of duty or to compensate the spouse of an officer killed in the line of duty.

I am pleased to announce that an officer from the Winston-Salem Police Department has been selected to receive the 2018 Rufus Dalton Award. Corporal M. D. Griffith received injuries in the line of duty requiring considerable medical attention and causing a loss of work time.

Officers with the Winston-Salem Police Department attempted to apprehend a wanted fugitive in the parking lot of a local business. The officers were performing a vehicle blocking technique on the suspect vehicle with Corporal M. D. Griffith and Detective B. W. Hatcher operating the vehicle directly behind the suspect vehicle. As Corporal Griffith was exiting his vehicle, the suspect intentionally backed into Corporal Griffith's vehicle knocking Corporal Griffith to the ground. As the suspect continued to push Corporal Griffith's vehicle backward, Corporal Griffith became trapped and drug underneath his own vehicle. The suspect then fled the scene before being apprehended a short distance later.

Fellow officers immediately responded to assist Corporal Griffith. These officers were able to quickly free the trapped officer from a life-threatening position underneath his vehicle. Corporal Griffith was transported to a local medical facility for emergency medical treatment.

While getting injured in the line of duty is not part of an officer's job description, it is often an unfortunate reality of the job. We extend our special thanks to Corporal Griffith and to all the many other law enforcement professionals who accept these risks each day for the purpose of keeping our communities safe.


Life Saving Medal

Detective B. W. Hatcher, Corporal B. K. Croke, Investigator A. J. Boles and Officer B. J. Thomas

Detective HatcherCpl CrokeInvestigator BolesPolice Officer B J Thomas

Officers with the Winston-Salem Police Department attempted to apprehend a wanted fugitive in the parking lot of a local business. The officers were performing a vehicle blocking technique on the suspect vehicle with Corporal M. D. Griffith and Detective B. W. Hatcher operating the vehicle directly behind the suspect vehicle. As Corporal Griffith was exiting his vehicle, the suspect intentionally backed into Corporal Griffith's vehicle knocking Corporal Griffith to the ground. As the suspect continued to push Corporal Griffith's vehicle backward, Corporal Griffith became trapped and drug underneath his own vehicle. The suspect then fled the scene before being apprehended a short distance later.

Detective B. W. Hatcher, Corporal B. K. Croke, Investigator A. J. Boles and Officer B. J. Thomas immediately responded to assist Corporal Griffith. These officers were able to quickly free the trapped officer from a life-threatening position underneath his vehicle. Corporal Griffith stated, "There is no doubt that if the officers who pulled me out hadn't been on the scene and did what they did I could have suffocated, trapped under my own car."

Corporal Griffith was transported to a local medical facility for emergency medical treatment. Due to the quick actions and life-saving measures of Detective Hatcher, Corporal Croke, Investigator Boles, and Officer Thomas, a fellow officer's life was saved.

The Lifesaving Medal may be granted to any employee for the saving of a human life or the attempt to save a human life. "Saving of a human life" or the "attempt to save a human life" is providing substantial assistance to another such as, but not limited to, the removal of a person from a place or situation where death would be imminent if the victim were not immediately removed, or the administration of CPR, Heimlich maneuver, stopping the free flow of blood, the directing of life saving instructions, or the performing a specific act without which death would be imminent.

Detective Hatcher, Corporal Croke, Investigator Boles, and Officer Thomas's actions resulted in the saving of a fellow officer's life. We are honored to present Detective Hatcher, Corporal Croke, Investigator Boles, and Officer Thomas with a Certificate of Commendation and the Winston-Salem Police Department's Life-Saving Commendation Pin.

Officers J. M. Doub and C. I. Penn

Police Officer Doub

Police Officer C I PennOfficer C. I. Penn was traveling on the highway when he discovered a vehicle overturned in the left-hand lane of travel. Officer Penn immediately responded to the vehicle and located the driver pinned underneath the roof of the vehicle. Officer J. M. Doub arrived on the scene shortly afterward and both officers, without regard to their own safety, immediately assisted in freeing the pinned driver by moving the vehicle off of him.

EMS personnel arrived on the scene and determined that the driver had sustained significant and potentially life-threatening injuries. The driver was quickly rushed to a local medical facility for emergency medical treatment. Due to the quick actions and life-saving measures of Officers Doub and Penn, a citizen's life was saved.

The Lifesaving Medal may be granted to any employee for the saving of a human life or the attempt to save a human life. "Saving of a human life" or the "attempt to save a human life" is providing substantial assistance to another such as, but not limited to, the removal of a person from a place or situation where death would be imminent if the victim were not immediately removed, or the administration of CPR, Heimlich maneuver, stopping the free flow of blood, the directing of life saving instructions, or the performing a specific act without which death would be imminent.

Officers Doub and Penn's actions resulted in the saving of a citizen's life. We are honored to present to Officer J. M. Doub and C. I. Penn with a Certificate of Commendation and the Winston-Salem Police Department's Lifesaving Commendation Pin.


Officers of the Year 2018

Lieutenant V. A. Rega and Sergeant J. B. Keltner

Lt RegaSgt KeltnerOfficers were dispatched to various locations throughout the city reference to a female subject who had called her family threatening to shoot herself. Officers located the subject in the parking lot of a local business where she was observed to be holding a shotgun in her lap. It was apparent that the subject was contemplating suicide.

Sergeant J. B. Keltner and Lieutenant V. A. Rega  approached the vehicle at which point the subject attempted to direct the shotgun into a shooting position to take her own life. Simultaneously, Sergeant Keltner deployed his OC (oleoresin capsicum) spray through the partially opened driver's window and Lieutenant Rega broke out the front window with his asp baton while opening the rear door of the vehicle. Sergeant Keltner wrestled the shotgun away from the subject's face as the weapon was discharged sending one round through the roof of the vehicle. No one was struck by the discharged round and the female sustained only minor lacerations on her arms due to the broken glass. The subject was transported to a local medical facility for treatment.

The selfless actions taken by Sergeant Keltner and Lieutenant Rega, and at great personal risk, resulted in the saving of the female's life.

In recognition of their heroic actions in the performance of their duties, Sergeant J. B. Keltner and Lieutenant V. A. Rega have been selected as the 2018 Officers of the Year.


Employee of the Year 2018

Community Relations Specialist Pamela Peoples-Joyner

Peoples-JoynerAs the Community Relations Specialist for the Winston-Salem Police Department, Mrs. Pamela Peoples-Joyner works tirelessly to bridge the gaps between the community and the Police Department.  Each day, Mrs. Pamela Peoples-Joyner represents the Police Department as our community liaison on multiple committees, community outreach programs and foundations.

In addition to serving in these roles, Mrs. Pamela Peoples-Joyner coordinates services for the underserved citizens of Winston-Salem. On many occasions throughout the year, Mrs. Pamela Peoples-Joyner will use her own money and resources to help citizens in need when no other options are available.

Mrs. Pamela Peoples-Joyner has played a vital role as a department liaison, which greatly assisted in easing the minds of community members about the transparency of our agency during both contentious and non-contentious times.

In recognition of Mrs. Pamela Peoples-Joyner's hard work, dedication, and countless hours of commitment to the Winston-Salem Police Department and the City of Winston-Salem, she has been selected as the 2018 Employee of the Year.

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