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Michael F. Easley, Governor           Theodis Beck, Secretary

For Immediate Release
May 24, 2001
Contact: Keith Acree
             Public Information Officer
             (919) 716-3700


Wayne GrantAPEX - Sgt. Wayne Grant of Pamlico Correctional Institution in Bayboro was recognized today by Correction Secretary Theodis Beck and the North Carolina Department of Correction as one of 12 Correctional Officers of the Year.

Grant was honored for unselfish devotion to duty and for an act of heroism. In the early morning on March 4, 2001 Grant was driving along Highway 55 in Craven County when he came upon a head-on collision involving two cars.

Grant immediately called 911 and began to administer first aid to four victims with severe head lacerations and a fifth who had broken a leg and was going into shock.

He then noticed the second car overturned and partially submerged in a roadside canal. He swam to the vehicle and rescued the driver from the water-filled car, and then tended to all six people until paramedics arrived.

Grant joined the Department of Correction in October 1997 as a correctional officer at Pamlico. He is a graduate of Columbia High School and lives in Jacksonville.

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