SCHP officer honored for actions after Spartanburg Co. crash

Len Elder receiving award (From: Spartanburg Co. Solicitor's Office)
Len Elder receiving award (From: Spartanburg Co. Solicitor's Office)

SPARTANBURG, SC (WSPA) – South Carolina Highway Patrol Lance Corporal Len Elder was honored Thursday night with the Solicitor’s Award for Law Enforcement Excellence.

Elder was awarded in part for his actions on August 4 when he responded to a crash on I-26 in Spartanburg County.

When Elder arrived on scene, he found an man from lying in the median, unresponsive. Elder did not find a pulse and began performing CPR until help arrived. Elder helped EMS treat and load the man in the ambulance to be taken to the hospital. There was no room in the ambulance for the man’s wife and their two children so Elder volunteered to drive them to the hospital. Upon arrival at Spartanburg Medical Center, they learned the man died died.

“Even though his life-saving attempt failed, Len went above and beyond the call of duty,” said Solicitor Barry Barnette. “I applaud him for the care and compassion he showed a grieving family on what had to be the worst days of their lives.”

Elder also spends many of his days off working as an emergency medical technician with the Spartanburg County EMS. Elder has been with Highway Patrol since 1998 and has a degree in Criminal Justice from Spartanburg Methodist Collect and a paramedicine degree from USC Upstate. He has been a part-time employee of Spartanburg County EMS since 2010.

As winner of the award, Elder will receive a weekend stay at Mill House Lodge in Flat Rock and a free BMW for the weekend. His name will also be added to a plaque that hangs in the lobby of the Spartanburg County Solicitor’s Office.

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