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Three Horry County Sheriff Deputies Receive Medal of Valor

On January 15, 2016 in General, Public Safety

Conway, South Carolina-Three Horry County deputies received the 2015 Medal of Valor Award at the South Carolina Sheriff’s Association’s Winter Conference banquet held in Columbia, South Carolina on January 14, 2015.  Lt. Scott Bower, Corrections Officer Donnell Hargrove, and Corrections Officer Jake Thompkins each received the award for saving the life of Amber Lloyd during the historic flood in October 2015.

The South Carolina Sheriff’s Association Medal of Valor award is given out each year to deputies around the state that perform actions above and beyond their normal duties. Each recipient is nominated by the Sheriff of their county.  The nominations are reviewed and selected by the Medal of Valor Committee, chaired by Sheriff Leon Lott. This year, twenty-three men and women from around the state received this prestigious award. This is the first time since Sheriff Phillip Thompson was elected in 2000 that a deputy from Horry County has received the award.     

On October 4, 2015, the three officers put the lives of strangers above their own when they worked together to rescue and revive drowning victim, Amber Lloyd on Harris Shortcut Road, in Conway.  Amber slipped in the swirling flood waters and was sucked into a drain pipe.  When the Officers located Amber, she was bluish purple with no sign of life. Officers immediately began administering CPR and continued CPR until she showed a slight sign of life with a movement of her lips and eye movement under her eye lids. Amber was then carried to the back of Lt. Bower’s personal pickup truck and was driven slowly to meet the ambulance and other rescue workers, which could not get directly to the scene due to other vehicles blocking the road. Amber was transported to Conway Hospital where she received treatment and she was released on Tuesday, October 7, 2015.   

All of the officers were “off-duty” at the time of this incident.  Lt. Bower was leaving work at J. Rueben Long Detention Center and Officers Hargrove and Thompkins were on their way to work at J. Rueben Detention Center.  Officers Hargrove and Thompkins reported for work after the incident and performed their duties as if it were just an ordinary day.  They did not boast of the rescue, but simply changed clothes and went to work.  

This display of heroism to help people in need and putting other people’s lives above their own, even when they are “off duty” shows the character of these men. 

Sheriff Thompson had the honor of presenting the medals to our deputies during the ceremony tonight.  The Horry County Sheriff's Office is extremely proud of each of them and honored to call them “Our Heroes”!  

They are pictured from left to right, Lt. Scott Bower, Officer Jake Thompkins, Officer Donnell Hargrove and Sheriff Phillip Thompson.

They are pictured from left to right, Lt. Scott Bower, Officer Jake Thompkins, Officer Donnell Hargrove and Sheriff Phillip Thompson