Today the Savannah-Chatham Metropolitan Police Department honored six soldiers from Savannah’s Hunter Army Airfield for their bravery and quick response during a multi-vehicle wreck that occurred on Monday, Feb. 27.
Chief Joseph H. Lumpkin, Sr. presented the Citizen Award of Commendation to CW3 Arron Richards, CW2 Dave Nelson, CW2 Jacob Stolarz, SSGT Allen Cote, SGT Danielle Womack, and SPC Brianna Ransom.
Three of the soldiers were in car going to lunch together when the saw the wreck occur on Abercorn Street near Largo Drive. They immediately began assisting the victims and detained the man suspected of causing the crash (Anthony O’Neal, 44) until officers and EMTs arrived.
The other three soldiers were in separate cars, they too witnessed the crash and ran to assist the victims.
“We need our citizens to take part in the shared responsibility of public safety and that's what these soldiers did," said Chief Lumpkin. "They saw a need and they responded and we are very grateful."
This case remains under investigation. O’Neal is charged with Failure to Maintain Lane, Driving Under the Influence (DUI) and Failure to Obey Traffic Control Device.