Town Council honors police officers

Published 9:38 am Monday, December 23, 2019

The Farmville Town Council recognized the heroic acts of two of the town’s police officers during the council’s Dec. 11 meeting honoring them, with a resolution for saving the life of a 57-year-old woman from a burning vehicle.

Dalton Foley

“The swift and courageous actions by Officer Foley and Officer Martin speaks of their bravery and dedication to their profession and this community,” a portion of the resolution read.

“In my six years as mayor, I’ve had the distinct honor for doing a lot of things, but none measures up to this,” said Farmville Mayor David Whitus.

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On Nov. 14, at approximately 4:18 a.m., Farmville Police officers Dalton Foley and Olivia Martin responded to a single-vehicle fire in the 1600 block of East Third Street.

Olivia Martin

“Officer Foley never broke stride and continue to approach the burning vehicle cautiously,” said Farmville Police Chief A. Q. “Andy” Ellington. “Opening the door, he discovered an individual trapped inside the vehicle. He quickly cut the seat belt and began moving the woman from the vehicle.”

Only seconds later, Officer Martin arrived on the scene and immediately ran to the passenger door to check for other occupants. Finding none, she quickly ran to the driver’s side of the vehicle and assisted officer Foley in moving the woman to a safer distance from the burning vehicle.

“These officers demonstrated an extraordinary act of heroism by risking their own lives without hesitation to save that of another,” said Ellington.

Officer Foley and Martins heroic rescue made national news days following the accident with live police bodycam footage provided by the Farmville Police Department.