SUFFOLK, Va. (WAVY) - A Suffolk police officer severely beaten last year was presented the Gold Medal of Valor, the highest award recognizing extreme personal risk above and beyond the call of duty.
According to a news release from the City of Suffolk, the Hampton Roads Chamber of Commerce Valor Awards were held April 19 at the Virginia Beach Convention Center. Suffolk Police Officer James Winslow was awarded the Ultimate Sacrifice and Gold Medal of Valor awards.
Last year, Winslow attempted to pull over a potentially stolen vehicle along Route 58. The suspect fled into the woods, and Winslow chased after him. According to the release, Winslow was severely beaten by the suspect in an effort to keep his weapon from being taken.
Winslow suffered a fractured skull, numerous fractures to the face, fractured eye sockets, a ruptured right pupil, facial lacerations and a dislocated shoulder.
Winslow has gone through several surgeries and his attacker was sentenced to life in prison plus 40 years.
During the ceremony, several Suffolk fire fighters were awarded the Lifesaving Award, for saving a woman trapped inside of her home during a fire in December 2012.
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