2 York County deputies receive Lifesaving medal

The HeraldJuly 10, 2014 

— Two York County deputies received a Lifesaving medal on Thursday for their actions in rendering aid to two people seriously injured earlier this year.

On April 23, Deputy Travis Shealey and Deputy Eddie Covert responded to a domestic violence call in Catawba.

They found a man and woman with serious lacerations to each of their throats. Both officers engaged in patient care until Emergency Medical Services arrived at the home, according to a release from the sheriff's office.

"Shealey and Covert also provided accurate and timely information to EMS personnel while they were in route and when they arrived on scene. Their actions resulted in the saving of two lives," the release states.

The victims, later identified as Belinda Whitley, 44, and Christopher Lambiasi, 48, were both airlifted to a Charlotte hospital.

The Lifesaving medal is one of the highest honors given to a York County Sheriff’s Deputy.

"These deputies showed great poise and bravery," Sheriff Bruce Bryant said in a prepared statement. "If both deputies hadn't reacted quickly in the way that they did at the time, the outcome could have been much worse."

Also Wednesday, three York County Sheriff’s Deputies received Medals of Honor for their heroic actions during an officer involved shooting on Jan. 7.

During the incident Lieutenant Chris Blevins, Master Deputy Jason Powell, and Master Deputy Greg Garrison were assisting the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department to serve an arrest warrant on an armed robbery suspect in Fort Mill. While searching a home, one of the Charlotte officers was shot and wounded. The York officers acted to subdue the suspect and pull the Charlotte officer to safety and assisted in providing care for the wounded officer.

“Having assessed the situation, these Deputies remained calm, and used their training and experience to save the lives of not only the Charlotte officer, but also those around the area,” Bryant said in a prepared statement.

Charlotte officer Shane Page has made a full recovery from his injuries.

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