McDonald honored as Trooper of Year, hero

  • Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Provided From left, SCDPS Director Leroy Smith, L/Cpl. Mark E. McDonald and SCHP Col. Mike Oliver.

On Sept. 16, 2013, L/Cpl. Mark E. McDonald was working in his yard in Harleyville, when he noticed that his neighbor was locked out and trying to gain entry to his residence through the backdoor.

After several attempts, the neighbor accidently shattered the glass in the door.

Viewing this from across the roadway, McDonald noticed the man in extreme panic and running from the door into yard.

He ran towards his neighbor asking repeatedly if he was OK. The neighbor was panicked and screaming.

What McDonald did next earned him South Carolina Trooper of the Year Award for Troop Six as well as the Director’s Hero Award.

McDonald noticed that his neighbor’s right arm was severely cut from the glass, and he was bleeding profusely. Others called EMS. McDonald was able to control his neighbor and calm him to slow the blood loss.

EMS, fire, and police arrived on scene and rendered aid. EMS said that if McDonald had not reacted in the time that he did, his neighbor’s blood loss could have resulted in his death.

McDonald has served the citizens of South Carolina as a Trooper for six years. He is from Dorchester County, and when he completed Highway Patrol Training, he was assigned to Troop Six, Post B (Colleton and Dorchester Counties) where he is currently assigned.

McDonald is a Field Training Officer and has become a leader to subordinate troopers. In 2013, he demonstrated several examples of leadership, dedication, and selfless service. He is community-oriented and dedicated to his work.

McDonald is a leader in drug enforcement in Post B. Throughout this year he has made numerous arrests for possession of marijuana, cocaine, and methamphetamines.

McDonald went above and beyond the call of duty while off duty and has been awarded the South Carolina Trooper of the Year Award for Troop Six as well as the Director’s Hero Award.

Each troop nominates its choice for Trooper of the Year. The Director’s award went to two troopers, McDonald and a trooper from Troop One.

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