Area Virginia State Police Trooper Charles “Chuck” H. Campbell, Jr. is one of 15 Virginia police officers to receive the 2012 Lifesaving Awards presented by the Virginia Association of Chiefs of Police (VACP) and the Virginia Police Chiefs Foundation (VPCF). The awards were announced August 14 at the VACP/VPCF Annual Conference in Roanoke, Virginia.
The Lifesaving Award recognizes an officer’s actions that put the officer in harm’s way in an attempt to save the live of another individual. The awards were given to the recipients’ police chiefs to be presented at ceremonies at the officers’ agencies.
Campbell’s honor stems from the early morning hours of December 23, 2011. At 2:40 a.m., Trooper Campbell responded to a single-vehicle crash in Carroll County on Interstate 77. Upon his arrival, Sr. Trooper Campbell found a tractor-trailer had overturned in a curve, crashed through the guardrail and come to rest in a deep ravine. Sr. Trooper Campbell and four citizens, who had stopped at the scene, quickly went down the steep embankment to the truck that had become engulfed in flames.
They quickly searched the area and located the driver, who had been ejected from the wreckage and was lying inside what was left of the trailer portion of the truck. The driver had suffered serious injuries and was unable to move on his own. Sr. Trooper Campbell and the other individuals pulled the driver from the wreckage to a safe location and rendered aid to him until fire and EMS arrived.
Without the swift actions of Trooper Campbell and the other citizens, the driver would have most certainly died from his injuries and the consuming fire.
The Virginia Association of Chiefs of Police (www.vachiefs.org) is a statewide organization of federal, state and local police chiefs and law enforcement executives dedicated to improving the professionalism of police agencies in Virginia. The Association was founded in 1926 and has more than 600 members. The Virginia Police Chiefs Foundation (www.vapolicefoundation.org) is a charitable educational foundation created by the VACP to provide training and education programs for law enforcement leaders.