Trooper to receive awards for heroic action

Posted February 12, 2009

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— A state trooper who saved a woman from a submerged vehicle was scheduled to get awards Thursday from the Highway Patrol and its parent agency.

On Oct. 14, 2008, two citizens stopped Trooper R. E. Cannaday and told him that a vehicle was overturned in a creek off Titan Roberts Road in Lillington and a woman was submerged under water.

Cannaday went into the creek, opened the vehicle’s back door and lifted the woman’s head out of the water. He continued to render aid until EMS arrived, according to the Highway Patrol.

“Trooper Cannaday demonstrated good judgment by helping a lady trapped in a vehicle underwater. This level of service exemplifies what it means to be a state trooper – to serve others,” Highway Patrol Commander. Col. Walter Wilson Jr. said in a news release.

Wilson will present Cannaday with the patrol’s Samaritan Award.

Reuben Young, secretary of the N.C. Department of Crime Control & Public Safety, will present Cannaday with a Commendation Award. It is the department’s second-highest award for heroism and is presented to employees whose actions prevent injury or death.

The award ceremony will be held at 1:15 p.m. at Troop B Headquarters, 2435 Gillespie St., Fayetteville.


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  • leo-nc Feb 13, 2009

    Exactly what I thought you would say and of course once again, no answer. Good job

  • ignc73 Feb 12, 2009

    leo-nc: A real "hero" doesn't toot his own horn, looking for recognition. A real hero does what is right. This guy was just doing the job that WE AS TAXPAYERS pay him for.

  • leo-nc Feb 12, 2009

    "Big deal. He did his job. What does he get a medal for, because he had to get wet? Give me a break!"----

    Care to tell us what you do for a living? Do you even have a job? I've asked you before but I don't expect an answer. Ever risked your life for someone else? Probably not. You're the type that would stand there watching someone in need die, then complain about the people who DO make a sacrifice for others.

  • 19tarheel75 Feb 12, 2009

    GREAT JOB Troooper Cannaday. These are the things that Law Enforcement Officers do EVERYDAY of the year. Jeopardize their own life to save others is what they do, it's what they are and it's a calling not a job! Thanks, Retired LEO.

  • ignc73 Feb 12, 2009

    Big deal. He did his job. What does he get a medal for, because he had to get wet? Give me a break!

  • LuvLivingInCary Feb 12, 2009

    much better service than writing speeding tickets

  • lilbittyt13 Feb 12, 2009

    Congratulations Trooper . Now maybe more people will realize what I already knew - We have far more great LEO's in NC than the few -misguided - ones you hear about .
    Take this opportunity to thank the next officer you see for doing a job you would not do .

  • Justin T. Feb 12, 2009

    Congrats to Cannaday. We should make sure the two citizens get an award for being good samaritans, as well.

  • Evil 1 Feb 12, 2009

    Great job trooper. I think most cops try to do a good job. Theirs is a thankless profession, the same people who want to cry abuse when they have to knock heads would be the first to call for help if their but was in danger.

  • Feb 12, 2009

    Outstanding. Wish they could submerge some folks too.