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South Carolina: Homeless Man Rushes to Help Police Officer With Difficult Arrest

South Carolina: Homeless Man Rushes to Help Police Officer With Difficult Arrest

Earns recognition certificate from the Columbia PD

Cray Turmon, a homeless man living in Columbia, SC, rushed to the aid of a police woman who had been shoved to the ground by a suspect.  With his assistance, the officer made the arrest, and Turman received a certificate recognizing his “extraordinary actions to preserve life and aid public safety.”

WLTX reports:

A Columbia man received special recognition by the Columbia Police Department (CPD)for his brave efforts in helping with a recent arrest.

On Tuesday, a CPD officer was attempting an arrest of a man at the S-Mart gas station on Elmwood Avenue.

The man was accused of punching the gas station clerk in the face and threatening to harm her and another person with a knife, while refusing to let them leave.

The officer tased the suspect and used pepper spray, but was not able to restrain him, until Cray Turmon sprung into action.

“I just went a total blank,” says Turmon. “I saw an opportunity to help this lady and I didn’t think about what could happen to me.”

Turmon was walking to the S-Mart when he saw everything go down.

“I wouldn’t normally do something like that, but my instinct said just go.”

Because of his bravery, the officer was able to make the arrest. On Wednesday, CPD Chief Skip Holbrook awarded him with a certificate for his “extraordinary actions to preserve life and aid public safety.”

“I really appreciate all of the officers,” says Turmon. “This time I’m not on the other end of the law. I’m on the right end of the law this time.”

At one point in his life, Turmon says he was on the wrong side of the law. Former DUI arrests made him lose his license, job and his home. Now he’s with Transitions, working to get his life back on track. He says he was more than willing to help the officer.


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Ok, I’m sure I’m not the only one to have this thought occur, but ima gonna say the un-PC thing here…. Is the need for a civilian volunteer help in an arrest due to reduced standards?

One of my older Sis’s was a volunteer Fire(wo)man for years, first one in her small town, met a bit of bad behavior by stick-in-the-MUDs doing it, but she met the rather hard physical requirements to be an actual firefighter instead of just being a lady’s auxiliary like most ladies with relatives or husbands in the FD. And she was waaaay too practical to expect some sort of physical handicapping in the tests due to gender or any other criteria – if you can’t do a “fireman’s carry” on an average-size adult -or any one of a bunch of other job requirements – she figured you had no business trying to do that job and possibly getting yourself or someone else killed.

I’ve seen pressure to “adjust” physical requirements in action myself – was in one of the first mixed-gender basic training units in the late 70s – required fitness goals were age and gender adjusted already – but they went further than that – the ladies platoon all passed the x mile run tests because their version involved running IN PLACE until a drill sgt with a stopwatch told them to stop once a reasonable time had passed.

Firefighter, soldier, police officer, if you can MEET whatever physical tests are deemed essential to be capable of the job – more power to you. But there’s a lot of guys/gals who can’t, and due to actual factual statistical differences between the genders, ladies more than men.

Consider that the next time a job field requiring physical performance is decried as “sexist” because females are “underrepresented”. And handicapping as if life-or-death jobs are like bowling or a game of golf is just asking for more stories like this one – or worse when some Good Samaritan isn’t available to help someone not up to their job physically get the job done.

    daniel_ream in reply to BobM. | December 26, 2017 at 1:21 am

    You merely have to look at that first photo and the difference in height and build between the two men, and the female police officer, to understand everything salient about this story.

CPD Chief Skip Holbrook awarded him with a certificate

So … where is a homeless guy going to keep a certificate?

Women have no valid reason to be in Law Enforcement, especially in a situation like this.

This isn’t some silly little game. This is hard core reality.

Women being cops is about as intelligent as men being “Wet Nurses”.

Insanity and Stupidity. Good thing she didn’t get her face smashed in, with shattered teeth, cracked Jaw, and blown out Orbital fractures. Fool.

    Meh, you go too far there guy. No reason? Really?
    Statistics refer to groups – individuals – not so much.

    There are plenty of short underweight (Steve Rogeres pre-injection) or overweight guys who can’t meet physical requirements for traditional “guy” jobs. And plenty of ladies who won the genetic lottery in terms of being Amazonian enuf to fit right in.

    Yes, on average less girls than guys will be above average (for all people) in strength and endurance, but SOME will be. If they want to soldier or police or fight fires or whatever why the hell not?

    Where we get stupid is when we assume that “equality” trumps reality and standards are gender-normed to the point of (say) assuming a 90 lb five foot even lady cop magically will be able to do the job a 90 lb five foot even male cop likely couldn’t.

There are a VERY small number of women who can pass the standard physical fitness tests for these jobs. To them I say, go for it.

But the simple fact is that the VAST majority can’t. It’s not prejudice, or discrimination. It’s physiology.

MOST women simply do not have the upper body strength that is required. I’m sorry, but they just don’t.

If you don’t like it, take it up with GOD, the designer in chief.