Five LPD Officers Receive Commendations for Saving a Man's Life

September 30, 2021

Laurel City Council began its agenda setting meeting on Wednesday, September 29 by honoring five local heroes. Laurel Police Chief Tommy Cox spoke before members of the council to describe how five Laurel police officers had saved the life of a citizen in distress. Cox explained that this was the first time that a doctor had contacted him to praise the work of his officers. He then read a copy of the commendation. According to the commendation, on September 11, 2021 at 2:29 p.m. Sgt. Ted Ducksworth, Officer John Windsor, Officer Roman Moss, Officer Michael Washington and Officer Dalton Geiger responded to a call on South 8th Avenue where they found a man sitting in his car with a severe cut on his arm. The commendation noted that the man was “practically unconscious and bleeding profusely.”  The officers applied a tourniquet to the man’s arm and contacted EmServe Ambulance Service. Unfortunately, the ambulance service did not have personnel available to transport the man to the hospital. The officers lifted the man from his car and put him in one of the patrol vehicles so that they could transport him to the hospital themselves. The man was treated in the emergency room at South Central Regional Medical Center. The physician who treated the man later confirmed that he would “have certainly died if not for the officers’ quick actions,” the commendation read.

Each officer was commended for his dedication and for doing “a job of the highest quality and in keeping with the fine traditions of the Laurel Police Department and the law enforcement profession.”

Laurel Mayor Johnny Magee presented the officers with their commendations and congratulated them on a job well done.

The City of Laurel, established as a lumber town in 1882, is conveniently situated approximately two hours from larger destination cities such as Jackson, Biloxi, New Orleans, and Mobile. In recent years, the city has become a destination all its own thanks, in part, to its starring role in HGTV’s popular “Hometown” series. As Laurel, and interest in it, continues to grow, we are committed to providing the resources necessary to help all of our residents and businesses reach their full potential.
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