Camden honors 6 for lifesaving, drug seizure
By Reggie Ponder
Monday, July 15, 2019
CAMDEN — Five officers from the Camden County Sheriff’s Office and a trooper with the N.C. Highway Patrol were honored last week for their roles in saving lives and getting illegal drugs out of Camden’s communities.
During Monday’s meeting of the Camden Board of Commissioners, the Lifesaving Award was presented to Deputy Margaret Durham, Deputy Austin Browder and Deputy Scott Wentz; letters of commendation were presented to Trooper Aaron Miller and Deputy Garrett Winslow; and the Law Enforcement Commendation Award was presented to Sgt. Scott Powers.
Durham responded to a cardiac arrest emergency in November and used an automated electronic defibrillator to keep the patient alive until emergency medical personnel arrived.
Browder “has aided in the saving of numerous lives due to his training and experience as a board-certified paramedic,” according to the statement that accompanied his award. In one instance Browder administered three doses of Naloxone and inserted a nasal tube in someone who had overdosed on heroin. In responding to another heroin overdose Browder administered four doses of Naloxone.
Wentz also responded to an overdose incident and administered Naloxone.
“This person is alive today because of the quick response and actions of Deputy Wentz,” reads the statement that accompanied his award.
Miller initiated a traffic stop in June that led to an arrest and the seizure of heroin, oxycodone and marijuana.
“Trooper Miller is responsible for preventing the distribution of this dangerous drug and potentially saving countless others from fatal overdoses,” reads the statement that accompanied the presentation of his letter of commendation.
Winslow assisted Miller in that incident. “Deputy Winslow took control of the illicit evidence and appropriately charged the suspect,” according to the statement that accompanied the presentation of his letter of commendation.
Powers was recognized for his leadership in the seizure of heroin and investigation of heroin trafficking, including the seizure of a batch of heroin directly related to a number of recent overdoses.
The officers received a standing ovation from board members and members of the public attending the meeting.
Camden County Sheriff Kevin Jones said he’s proud of all the officers and is glad he had a chance to honor them at a public meeting.
“I think we ought to recognize employees when they do a good job,” Jones said.