Johnston County

August 19, 2014

Wilson's Mills officer honored for saving lives during storm

Officer Chris Corbett of the Wilson's Mills Police Department was patrolling Main Street as heavy rains caused flooding up to five feet deep in parts of Johnston County when he saw a vehicle drive into the water and begin to submerge.

A town police officer was honored Monday night for his role in the rescue of a woman and her child during a storm last week.

Officer Chris Corbett was patrolling Main Street on Monday, Aug. 11, as heavy rains caused flood waters to rise up to five feet deep on the road surface, according to the police department.

Corbett saw a car drive into the water and begin to submerge. He called in the Wilson’s Mills Fire Department, and emergency personnel soon rescued the woman – Tiffany Prather – and her child from atop the car as the water rose, according to the police department.

“Had Officer Corbett not been actively patrolling in the midst of the treacherous storms in Johnston County that night, the outcome of this event may have been tragic,” Police Chief David Hess said in a statement.

Hess awarded Corbett the Meritorious Conduct in the Line of Duty Commendation and a related medal for his uniform.

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