Police officers credited with saving life

EMS honors trio for 'heroic efforts'

By BRUCE ALSOBROOK, News-Telegram Managing Editor

Sept. 3, 2008 - Three Sulphur Springs police officers were honored Tuesday night by emergency medical workers as heroes.

Lt. Norman Sanders and officers Mike Morgan and Eddie Moon were all recognized at the start of the Sulphur Springs City Council meeting by Danny Wilburn and other medical technicians with Hopkins County Emergency Medical Services.

The three officers were credited "heroic efforts" after a reported double-shooting in August.

Police were sent to apartment #3 at 513 Church St. about 1 a.m. Tuesday, Aug. 19, after dispatchers fielded a report of a shooting at the location. Officers found the two gunshot victims, both males in their late teens to 20s.

The shooting was later determined to have been staged, with the two men actually shooting each other on purpose, but that made their injuries no less severe.

Wilburn said the officers lived up to the meaning of the term "first responder," a title reserved for those who respond early in the stages of an emergency "to protect life, property, evidence and the environment."

The trio, who had all worked previously with emergency medical services, were able to attend to "a life threatening injury and prevent several others," Wilburn said.

"Not often in the life of a first responder can they say their actions could have definitively presented the death of someone," Wilburn said. "These officers did prevent a death."

A full house in the council chambers then stood as one and applauded the officers.

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