Three Salisbury police officers recognized for ‘heroic actions’
They saved a man from choking to death, prevented a woman from taking her own life, and carried an injured hiker to medical care.
Three Salisbury police officers have been recognized for what the department calls their heroic actions last year.
The department recently recognized a number of officers for “over and above” acts during 2012, a Salisbury Police Department news release said. Master Police Officer Adam Bouk, Master Police Officer Randall Correll and Sgt. Todd Sides received “top level” awards.
“In all of the incidents involved, the officers put the immediate needs of others in front of their own,” Chief Rory Collins said in a news release. “Though putting on the uniform and placing themselves in harm’s way in order to protect our community each day is a part of the profession they elected to enter, it is still essential that we take the time to acknowledge, in a special way, those who have given a greater than the norm effort in order to serve others.”
Bouk, a member of the department’s Street Crimes Unit, was off duty and dining with his wife at a restaurant in Kannapolis. He saw a man who had been eating nearby fall from his chair to the floor. The man was choking on his food.
Bouk, with the help of his wife, picked the man up from the floor and began to perform the Heimlich maneuver. He dislodged the stuck food, and the man started to breathe on his own again.
After a review of the incident that included interviewing the restaurant manager, the news release said, “it is believed that the quick thinking and actions of Officer Bouk and his wife in this situation most certainly saved the choking man’s life.”
Bouk was awarded the department’s Life Saving Award and the Chief’s Commendation Coin, the highest level of commendation coins possible in the department.
Master Police Officer Randall Correll, a member of our department’s Patrol Division, responded to a wooded area in Salisbury to investigate a report that a woman was there and wanted to commit suicide.
When he got there, Correll found the woman — distraught and holding a revolver — several hundred yards from the road.
After talking with the woman for some time, Correll convinced her to put the gun on the ground. A short time later, however, the woman became agitated again and lunged for the gun, the news release said.
“Out of fear that she would certainly harm herself if she got to the gun before he did, Officer Correll felt it was crucial that he reach the gun first.,” the news release said. “After a short struggle to gain control of the firearm, Correll prevailed.”
He took the woman into custody in order to help her obtain a psychological evaluation.
Correll was awarded the department’s Life Saving Award as well as the Chief’s Commendation Coin.
Sgt. Todd Sides, supervisor of the department’s Criminal Investigations Unit, was off duty and hiking on the Blue Ridge Parkway when he came upon a female hiker who had fallen and injured her leg.
This encounter took place about 1½ miles from civilization, the news release said. Seeing that the woman would be unable to walk on her own, Sides carried her that distance so she could get the medical help she required.
In her comments to the police chief, the woman said Sides “did not think twice about offering to help” and as a result of carrying her, he was “covered in her blood, her sweat, and mud.” When they reached medical assistance, the woman the woman was found to have a fractured fibula in three places and required surgery to repair the injury.
“It is clear that the selfless actions of Sgt. Sides in this matter resulted in the woman receiving necessary medical help and assisted in bringing her pain under control much faster than would have been possible otherwise,” the news release said.
Sides was awarded the Chief’s Commendation Coin.