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Witness Who Followed Slaying Suspects is Honored

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COLUMBIA, SC — A Lexington County man who helpedNorth Carolina police capture the men charged with killing twopolice officers has been given South Carolina's Order of thePalmetto.

Governor David Beasley today gave the state's highest civilianaward to Ronald Waters.

Beasley says Waters risked his life to follow the suspects.

Waters said he would do it again, if faced with the samesituation.

North Carolina trooper Ed Lowry and Cumberland County, NorthCarolina, sheriff's deputy David Hathcock were killed September23rd near Fayetteville.

Waters followed the suspects' vehicle on Interstate 95 andcalled police. The suspects later swung behind Waters and fired athim. The bullets damaged his Jeep.

Seventeen-year-old Kevin Golphin and 19-year-old Tilmon Golphinare awaiting trial on murder charges.Copyright ©1997 AssociatedPress. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast,rewritten, or distributed.


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