Blount County Sheriff Recognizes Two People who Helped in February Deputy Shootings
Photo courtesy of WVLT

Blount County Sheriff Recognizes Two People who Helped in February Deputy Shootings

Blount County Sheriff James Lee Berrong recognizes two people who were caught in the middle of a dangerous officer-involved shooting but didn’t hesitate to help.

In February, Blount County Sheriff’s Office Deputy Greg McCowan was killed and Deputy Shelby Eggers was injured during a traffic stop. During the shooting, Sandra Solomon and Ricky Williams stopped right after McCowan died and did their best to help the deputies, even providing medical aid to Eggers.

“Placing their own lives at risk, Ms. Solomon and Mr. Williams came to the aid of the deputies. Mr. Williams successfully assisted Deputy Eggers with placing a tourniquet on her injured leg, and Mr. Williams and Ms. Solomon both provided comfort to Deputy Eggers and continued to check on Deputy McCowan until deputies arrived on the scene,” BCSO officials said. “Their actions are beyond valorous—neither individual knew the dangers they could face by stopping to help, but they stopped and helped anyway.”

Solomon and Williams were both caught on Eggers’ body camera footage, which showed them trying to stop the deputy’s bleeding and helping in any way they could until help arrived.

The two were given the Citizen Service Award. Story courtesy of WVLT

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