State troopers receive heroism, service awards

Posted February 25, 2009

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— Two state troopers received awards Wednesday from the Highway Patrol and its parent agency – one for heroics, the other for meritorious service.

On Aug. 27, 2008, Trooper Fred Demuth received the Heroism Award. He helped rescue two people in separate homes that were engulfed in flames in Tarboro.

His actions saved the life of one of the residents, according to Highway Patrol officials.

"Trooper Demuth went above and beyond the normal call of duty on this occasion in an attempt to possibly save others. This level of service exemplifies what it means to be a state trooper – to serve others," said the Highway Patrol's commander, Col. Walter Wilson Jr.

Trooper Leonard McLeod received the Meritorious Service Award.

He created a commercial motor vehicle safety program that promotes truck safety to members of the trucking community. He presented the program to hundreds of citizens last year, according to Highway Patrol officials.

"These troopers’ actions made the difference in people’s lives. These troopers are to be commended for their actions," said Reuben Young, secretary of the N.C. Department of Crime Control & Public Safety.


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  • didisaythat Feb 25, 2009

    just have to agree with everyone about the lack of posts on this story because it's a story of the good that LEO's do and not the fraction of officers that are bad.

  • bigredtruckman Feb 25, 2009

    Thank you gentlemen for being excellent examples of what a law enforcement officer should be.

  • BigBrokeBill Feb 25, 2009

    From a North Carolina citizen, I wish to say Thankyou to all Law Enforcement Officers who do their jobs faithfully for the betterment of us all!

  • tootie Feb 25, 2009

    Way to go guys!!!!
    thank you to you all LEOs that protect us all!!!

  • illegals--GO HOME Feb 25, 2009

    Great job do the citizens proud!!!

    Other are right, when it is something bad there are hundreds of posters but only few when it is something good.

    LEO's work nights, weekends, holidays and have to see things we don't want to see and do things we really don't want to do sometimes, but they do it to serve others.....99% for the right reason and less than 1% for another reason. I commend all the LEO's, EMT's, firefighters, dispatchers and others that make our lives so much safer!!!

  • IHave1-2 Feb 25, 2009

    Excellent job, fellows! Thank you, SIRS!

  • chfdcpt Feb 25, 2009

    Way to go guys. Very often we don't think about the folks we pay to put it on the line for us, giving up weekends-holidays-birthdays etc.

    It is a calling, and it is very hard to explain why they do; and I did what I did.

  • any1butcarolina0405 Feb 25, 2009

    glad this is on the front page of the website, kudos guys!

  • garnertoy Feb 25, 2009

    great job and thanks

  • lbnblakesmom Feb 25, 2009

    It's nice to hear about people doing good things instead of all the stories about people doing bad things. Congrats to these two officers.