Sheriff honors deputy as ‘a true hero’

Darlington County Sheriff Tony Chavis has recognized Deputy David Self for going above and beyond the call of duty during three recent incidents.

Self is a native of Darlington and has been with the Sheriff’s Office since 2017. Previously, he served with the North Charleston Police Department.

“I am proud to call this young man one of my deputies,” stated Chavis. “Deputy Self is a true hero and embodies our core values of integrity, accountability and selfless service.”

On Jan. 29, Self responded to a residence because of an individual being unresponsive. Self met with another person at the residence who informed him the unresponsive individual had recently injected heroin. Self administered Narcan and checked for a pulse but could not locate one. He began chest compressions for several minutes. The individual began to breathe and to become responsive.

On Jan. 22, Self was dispatched to a citizen seeking his missing dog, which had fallen into a deep well. The dog had been missing for three days. According to the citizen, Self crawled into the well, about 15 feet deep, wrapped the dog in his vest and crawled out with the dog.

On Nov. 24, 2018, Self was conducting a traffic stop near Harry Byrd Highway and Center Road when he witnessed a vehicle crash and flip over near the Breakers Gas Station on Harry Byrd Highway. Self rushed to the scene and found two small children and their mother trapped in the vehicle.

Self worked to safely pull the children out, including one dangling upside down in a car seat. Self was able to get the mother out of the vehicle safely as well.

Author: Rachel Howell

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