YORK COUNTY, SC – On January 24, 2013 at the South Carolina Sheriff’s Association Medal of Valor banquet, York County Sheriff’s Office Lieutenant Chris Blevins and City of York Police Department Lance Corporal Brian Kimble, were awarded the South Carolina Sheriff’s Association Medal of Valor for their actions during a September 14, 2011 crime spree involving a dangerous gunman.
In the early morning hours of September 14, 2011 York County Sheriff’s Office K-9 officers responded to a call for assistance from the City of York Police Department to track down a suspect responsible for two burglaries from businesses in York. During the search, the suspect recklessly fired a pistol at the K-9 officers. The suspect was identified as Larry Adams and was later observed in an area on McClain Street in York.
Lt. Blevins and LCpl. Kimble responded to the location. After several warnings to put his weapon down, Adams started firing his pistol at both officers. Both Lt. Blevins and LCpl. Kimble returned fire, and the suspect was struck. Adams was later pronounced dead at the hospital.
The Medal of Valor was awarded to Lt. Blevins and LCpl. Kimble for their prudent and honorable actions of protecting each other and the immediate public from danger. Although the suspect lost his life, the actions and valor of Lt. Blevins and LCpl. Kimble ended a serious crime spree, restoring order to the community.
Sheriff Bruce Bryant and Chief Andy Robinson were on hand for the award ceremony.