State troopers receive heroism, service awards

Posted February 25, 2009 1:06 p.m. EST
Updated February 25, 2009 3:57 p.m. EST

— 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.