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Posted on: October 1, 2021

Three Radford City Police Officers Recognized with the Lifesaving Award

Three Radford City Police Officers Recognized with the Lifesaving Award:
Radford, Va. – Three Radford City Police Officers have been recognized with the Lifesaving Award by the Virginia Police Chiefs Association. The Award for Lifesaving recognizes an officer's actions that put the officer in harm's way in the attempt to save the life of another individual. This year's honorees risked their own lives in an effort to save others from burning buildings and vehicles, drownings, stabbings, shootings, attempted suicides, and other dangerous situations.
The 2021 Recipients from the Radford City Police Department are: 
Officer Clayton R. Benson
Sgt. Travis P. Coffey
On August 2, 2020, citizens reported to the Radford Communications Center that there was an individual tubing in the New River and that he appeared to be in some distress. Officers Benson and Coffey were first on the scene and observed the distressed citizen in the water and coordinated the arrival of Radford Fire & EMS personnel. They immediately shed their police gear, waded into the water, and swam out to the citizen. They were able to calm the panicked tuber and lead him to the riverbank where care was transferred to EMS personnel. The citizen stated that he had been overcome by abdominal cramps, fallen off his inner tube and panicked because he was not able to swim, and had ingested some water. Thankfully, the citizen was not injured and was able to return home.
It was the direct, swift, and decisive actions of Officers Benson and Coffey that rescued the citizen. After the incident, even the citizen remarked that he was not sure he would have lived without their immediate involvement.
The Virginia Association of Chiefs of Police is proud to honor Radford Officer Clayton R. Benson and Sergeant Travis P. Coffey with the 2021 Award for Lifesaving.
The 2020 Recipient from the Radford Police Department is:
Sergeant Emily Hite
On February 25, 2020, a call came in about a tree accident. Off-duty Sergeant Emily Hite was a block away and heard yells for help from a male subject. Without hesitation Sergeant Hite located the male subject and found that a large tree trunk had fallen on him. While Fire and EMS arrived on scene Sergeant Hite placed herself underneath the male subject to stabilize him while plans were implemented on how to remove this large tree trunk. During the time that Sergeant Hite was stabilizing and supporting the man she was reassuring him that everything would be okay.  The victim suffered multiple serious injuries, but he is hopeful about recovering from his wounds.
The Virginia Association of Chiefs of Police is proud to honor Radford Sergeant Emily Hite with the 2020 Award for Lifesaving. 
“All three officers acted admirably and as heroes, putting another’s life before their own. These officers live out their oath to serve and protect daily and this is just another example of Radford City Police Officers acting as humble heroes on the job. We are proud of these officers and are very fortunate to have them on our team here at the Radford City Police Department,” states Chief Jeff Dodson 

Full story on all the award recipients can be found here: Official Release



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