ROCKINGHAM — Chief George Gillenwater acknowledged Officer Darius Ellison for his heroic actions in saving an individual from a burning car.
On Feb. 9, 2023, after Ellison had accomplished his shift for the day and was headed residence, witnessed a motorcar crash and roll down an embankment on the intersection of US 220 and HWY 74 in Rockingham. The car turned engulfed in flames.
“Officer Ellison, risking his personal life, made his manner down the embankment,” said Gillenwater. “He assessed what number of occupied the car, then calmly and swiftly extracted the lone occupant.”
Ellison carried out CPR till the sufferer was secure and capable of be transported.
“The courageous and selfless acts of Officer Ellison contributed to the preservation of life,” Gillenwater mentioned. “His bravery and braveness within the face of hazard is admirable and distinguished. Thanks in your service.”’
Gillenwater mentioned he’s reviewed the physique cam footage of the occasion, including “I can’t imagine what this younger man did.”
“We will’t converse extremely sufficient and thanks sufficient in your service and that act of selflessness,” mentioned Mayor John Hutchinson.