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1/31/2013 9:39:00 AM
Another Day at the Office
Two GPD officers honored for saving man's life
PFC Wesley McClinton, left, and Lt. Travis Anderson of the Greenwood Police Department were presented with the South Carolina Police Chief’s Association Life Saving Award after reviving a man following a shooting on Moss Creek Ln. last November.
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PFC Wesley McClinton, left, and Lt. Travis Anderson of the Greenwood Police Department were presented with the South Carolina Police Chief’s Association Life Saving Award after reviving a man following a shooting on Moss Creek Ln. last November.


Brian King
Staff Writer


Two officers with the Greenwood Police Department were presented with the prestigious South Carolina Police Chief’s Association Life Saving Award at this past Monday’s meeting of City Council.

Lt. Travis Anderson and PFC Wesley McClinton were presented the award for their actions on Nov.16, 2012, by GPD Chief of Police Gerald Brooks. Anderson has been with GPD for nine years, McClinton for 18 months.

Both officers were among the first to respond to a home on Moss Creek Ln. after receiving a 911 call about a shooting. When the officers entered the home, they saw the victim, 21-year-old Tavaris K. Lester, lying face down on the floor with multiple gunshot wounds. While other officers secured the residence, Anderson and McClinton, both of whom have first aid and trauma training outside of the police department, began treating the victim.

Lester had no pulse when Anderson and McClinton arrived. While Anderson attempted to stop the bleeding from the wounds, McClinton began chest compressions. After several minutes of performing CPR, Lester regained a pulse. EMS arrived at that point and took over treatment before transporting Lester to Self Regional Healthcare. Lester remained alive for another week before succumbing to his injuries.

Chief Brooks told those gathered at the council meeting that Lester would not have had any chance at all had the officers not acted quickly and decisively to begin treatment.

Chief Brooks submitted the two officers for the award to the SCPCA and received confirmation this month that the honor had been approved. But for the two officers, it was not an honor at all.

“Honestly, we didn’t do anything special,” Anderson said. “We were just doing our job, what we have been trained to do. It’s what we will do when faced with the situation again.”



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Reader Comments

Posted: Saturday, February 2, 2013
Article comment by: sequena foster

Good job guys... WAY 2 GO WESLEY NSHS!!!!!

Posted: Friday, February 1, 2013
Article comment by: Debra Jones

Thanks guys, and Thank you Greenwood SC Police an EMS for all you do...

Posted: Thursday, January 31, 2013
Article comment by: Sandra Easley

Congratulations to Lt. Anderson and PFC McClinton.

Way To Go Wesley!!!!

Sandra T Easley, Greenwood


Posted: Thursday, January 31, 2013
Article comment by: David Ingram

Thank you GWDToday for this article. Thank you to the two officers for (firstly) their dedication to duty, (secondly) their devotion to their fellow man and (thirdly) their humility. Even as a non-involved party this story has made me feel proud. Proud to be a citizen of Greenwood.



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