Highway Patrol Troopers Honored For Going Above And Beyond

By: Christine Kennedy
By: Christine Kennedy

Two area Highway Patrol Troopers were recognized at the Greenville office for going above the call of duty.

Trooper W.K. Bennett received the crime control and public safety commendation award and the Highway Patrol Samaritan award for responding and going to the aid of Lenoir County Deputies Allen Pearson and Ryan Dawson who were struck by gunfire.

Also trooper J.N. Wood received the same awards for observing a driver weaving on the highway.

He made the stop and realized the driver was in a medical emergency. The trooper administered sugar which saved the driver who was a diabetic.

Trooper Bennett said he is still shaken up by the loss of Deputy Pearson and preferred not to speak on camera.

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