Eutawville Police Officer Christina Torres received a Certificate of Bravery and Chief Damien Hartwell received a Certificate of Appreciation from Police Commissioner Christenna Chaffin at the July meeting of Eutawville Town Council.
“We are very proud to have you as officers in our city and appreciate you more than we ever tell you for everything that you do,” Chaffin said.
During the emotional presentation, Chaffin said that Torres “went above and beyond in a water rescue where a boat collapsed and people were turned over in the water.”
Chaffin added, “Torres helped rescue those people to where there were no injuries and everybody got out safe.”
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Hartwell was given his award for going above and beyond the call of duty while off duty. Hartwell confronted the driver of an ATV for driving on the street, but it turned into a foot pursuit. Hartwell tackled the driver to the ground. The suspect had a handgun, a set of scales and what appeared to be illegal drugs.
In other business, the town presented CASA Family Systems with a check for $10,967.67 from funds reserved for victim’s assistance.
Municipal Judge Margo Banks said there are restrictions on how the funds can be used. A percentage of each traffic fine is put aside for victim’s assistance. But the town can’t use the funds because felony cases are sent to trial in General Sessions Court in Orangeburg.
Mayor Brandon Weatherford, council and the police department agreed to give the money to CASA so the funds can better serve Eutawville residents who are victims of domestic abuse, child abuse and neglect.