Troopers, civilian earn honors from Highway Patrol

Posted May 19, 2010 6:25 p.m. EDT
Updated May 19, 2010 6:28 p.m. EDT

— Three members of the state Highway Patrol and a civilian were honored in Fayetteville Wednesday.

Trooper Richard A. Capps Jr. was recognized for saving the life of a citizen who choked while dining in a Whiteville restaurant. Capps was given the state Crime Control and Public Safety Commendation Award, the Secretary’s Gold Circle Award and the State Highway Patrol Samaritan Award.

Sgt. Tracy D. Wheeler received the Highway Patrol Meritorious Award for his role in a multi-agency port check operation conducted in Wilmington.

Trooper Ronnie L. Walker received the Highway Patrol Samaritan Award. Walker provided assistance to a disoriented motorist who had been reported missing several days earlier from the Charlotte area. He found her driving slow on U.S. Highway 74 in Columbus County.

Charles W. Long, of Columbus County, was named a Citizen Life Saver for saving a woman and her 4-year-old child from a fiery crash on N.C. Highway 20 near Tar Heel in 2009.