Campbell Co., VA - A Campbell County sheriff's deputy was awarded the Medal of Valor by the Virginia Sheriff's Association at its conference in Norfolk.
Investigator Jason Sloan responded to a robbery call at the CVS at Timberlake and Waterlick Roads the morning of May 1, 2012.
"There was a knife wielding man inside the store, demanding pills," said Sloan. "More information came out that the subject now had taken several people into the office area and had barricaded himself in there."
Sloan and other responding deputies entered the store, where the suspect had cut the surveillance camera lines.
"I tried to make contact inside and yell for him to come out. There was no answer that he was going to come out," said Sloan. "It was just profanity and some other stuff. He was saying things like people are going to die today."
Sloan says at one point they heard a thump and scream come from the office where the hostages were being held.
"Then the door flew open," said Sloan. "I was between him and the door. He was between me and the two females inside. So I got him on the ground and actually stood on top of him while the two females could get out of the room."
Sloan's superiors at the Campbell County Sheriff's Office nominated him for the award. There is just one award given. Nominations can come from any of the 123 sheriff's offices across Virginia.
"Jason has been a hard worker. He uses very good judgment even in very stressful situations," said Sheriff Steve Hutcherson.
"There are a lot of things that go on in the state that are probably deserving of this and I was shocked that we got it for this," said Sloan.
Sherman Dalton, Jr. is serving an 18 year sentence for robbery, abduction, attempted malicious wounding, and destruction of property for the incident at CVS.
Another deputy from our area was recognized at that conference. Sergeant Brandt Gawor from the Franklin County Sheriff's Office was named Deputy of the Year.