Two Hundred Club of the Coastal Empire honors 10 first responders at Valor Awards

The Two Hundred Club of the Coastal Empire was proud to honor ten first responders for their heroic acts at this year’s Valor Awards ceremony. The event, held at the Charles H. Morris Center on Thursday, Feb. 23, 2017, drew over 200 people eager to show their support for the club and the mission they are committed to carrying forward, caring for those who care for us. Guests were treated to dinner, drinks and music before the evening’s program began.

The first responders recognized were as follows:

Southside Fire Department, Tactical Medic Frank Pilcher

Tactical Medic Frank Pilcher was honored for his role when an attempt to serve a warrant for domestic violence turned into a highly charged escalating situation. When domestic violence victims take a stand, statistically things take a turn for the worst, the domestic violence victim is in the most danger and the abuser is at their most dangerous. The distraught desperate man barricaded himself in his home with a long rifle while firing at the Chatham County Deputy Sheriffs. Several Chatham County deputies were pinned down by the gunfire and one deputy was injured. It took four hours of negotiations to get the suspect to surrender. While the negotiations were taking place it was imperative to rescue the trapped deputies, SCMPD SWAT and Tactical Medic Frank Pilcher drove directly into the line of fire to rescue the injured and pinned down deputies.

US Marshal Service:
Deputy U.S. Marshal Robert Charles Doherty
Deputy Sheriff Walter John Kent, Chatham County Sheriff’s Office
Special Agent Peter Alan Morris, Georgia Department of Corrections
Criminal Investigator John Geoffrey Rohrs, Georgia Department of Community Supervision
Deputy Sheriff Franklin Roosevelt Rollins Jr., Chatham County Sheriff’s Office
Criminal Investigator Shane Derek Sasser, Georgia Department of Community Supervision
Supervisory Deputy U.S. Marshal Ramiro Suarez, U.S. Marshals Service
Deputy U.S. Marshal James Fitzhugh Turner, U.S. Marshals Service
Special Agent Daniel Lyle Wilkes, Georgia Department of Corrections

The U.S. Marshal Service Fugitive Task Force, were honored for their role in an operation where one of their own, Southeast Regional Fugitive Task Force Chief Inspector Patrick Carothers, lost his life. The Task Force were working to locate and arrest Dontrell Montese Carter, wanted for multiple counts of Attempted Murder of a Police Officer in Sumter County, South Carolina. During the incident, Carter sprayed at the officers using an assault rifle.

Patrick Carothers’ widow, Terry Carothers, and two of their children were recognized by the 200 Club before the Valor Awards were given.

“We are so grateful to these brave first responders for their selfless actions and willingness to put service above self to protect their communities. The Two Hundred Club is fortunate to be able to honor them and to recognize the sacrifices our peace officers, firefighters and EMS personnel make for us each and every day,” Two Hundred Club President Mark Dana said.

For more photos of the Valor Awards ceremony, please visit the 200 Club of the Coastal Empire’s Facebook page and click on the “2017 Valor Awards” photo album.