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SC Trooper awarded Medal of Valor after shootout, wild chase in Horry County

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Sarvis (second from left) is given the award on Friday. SCHP photo Sarvis (second from left) is given the award on Friday. SCHP photo
Ellis, second from the left, is awarded an honor on Friday (SCHP photo) Ellis, second from the left, is awarded an honor on Friday (SCHP photo)
An image from the chase and a photo of Trooper Sarvis. An image from the chase and a photo of Trooper Sarvis.
COLUMBIA, SC -

An SC Highway Patrolman who was shot at several times in a wild high-speed chase in Horry County was awarded the Medal of Valor by the SC Highway Patrol.

 L/Cpl. Douglas J. Sarvis, of Troop Five, which is the Pee Dee and Grand Strand region, was awarded the medal on Friday during a ceremony in which other troopers were honored.

The shooting and chase happened on Sept. 14, 2013 when Trooper Sarvis tried to pull over a driver on Highway 22 in Horry County, for not wearing a seatbelt.

It quickly turned into a chase and shootout, after one of the suspects fired multiple shots at the patrol car, narrowly missing Sarvis. Dash cam video shows a wild scene with the suspect dangerously passing other cars and firing many shots at Sarvis.

According to the incident report, Sarvis continued to pursue the suspects and called for backup, a reaction he says his 13 years in law enforcement prepared him for.

He's been with the Highway Patrol since 2007, and before that worked for the Horry County Police Department.

"It's your reaction that shows, yes I was very calm during it, and throughout my law enforcement career, I didn't think I was that calm, but in the end I was,"  Sarvis  said.

Also honored at the award ceremony on Friday was L/Cpl. John W. Ellis II of Dillon, who serves in Post B in Region 5. Ellis was named as Trooper of the Year for his region.

 "We have so many personnel performing heroic and lifesaving acts every day that it is difficult to narrow the pool to just a few," said Highway Patrol Commander Col. Mike Oliver.

 "Today represents the best of the best and I am so proud of each of these winners. They were recognized – not just for a single act – but a combination of dedicated work ethic, professionalism and acts of courage."

 Earlier this year, the Coastal Carolina Shields, a group of about 600 retired law enforcement officers, also awarded Sarvis for his performance in the chase and shooting.

 In February, that group awarded Sarvis the 2013 Law Enforcement Officer of the Year.

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