Almost two months ago a sheriff's deputy was shot and injured and a suspect was shot and killed at the Red Roof Inn in Greenville.
Friday, the community heard from the deputies, including the one who was shot and the ones who helped to save his life. They were honored by the Greenville County Sheriff's Department for their heroism.
The deputies went into work on Aug. 13, like every other, knowing that anything can happen
Sheriff's deputies carry guns as they patrol, and respond to calls. They don't always need to use them, but it's rare that other people use their guns - on them. That's what happened in August and the deputies' survival was honored today.
Five Medals of Valor and a Purple Heart were given out by Sheriff Steve Loftis Friday afternoon. The Medal of Valor recognizes deputies who risk their own life to help a mission, or save another's life. The Purple Heart is for a deputy who gets injured while on duty.
Deputy Brandon Lackey was one who showed up to the Red Roof Inn that day in August and tried to arrest Anthony Lamboy. Lamboy resisted and actually grabbed Lackey's gun in his holster and fired. Lackey was shot in the leg.
"It was life changing how we view the world, how [my wife and I] viewed our marriage, how we viewed law enforcement. A lot of stuff has changed but in many good ways. We feel very honored to work here and to be a part of this family and to be in law enforcement, and even though it's a very dangerous job, we're very honored to be a part of it," Lackey said Friday.
It was the other responding deputies that rushed into action when Lackey was shot, returning fire and killing Lamboy. Others gave Lackey first aid until emergency services responded.
Deputies Kevin Burnett, Joe Bouton and Tim Jackson helped wrap Lackey's leg, which the sheriff said saved Lackey's life. Deputies David Picone and Suzanne Sarra returned fire at the suspect.
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