North Charleston police will present a posthumous medal of valor award to Patrolman Robert “Tony” Way, who was killed in the line of duty in 1985.
Way’s widow, Audrey, and other family members will accept the award at a 7 p.m. ceremony on Thursday in City Council chambers. On hand will be Mayor Keith Summey, City Council members, Police Chief Eddie Driggers and other police officials.
On Feb. 18, 1985, Way and another officer responded to an alarm call at Rose’s Hideaway Bar on Rivers Avenue. They didn’t know a man was lying in wait to ambush them in retaliation for a prior incident with police.
Way encountered the suspect when he went to make sure the rear of the building was secure. The man ran off, but Way chased him on foot.
When they rounded the building, a gunfight broke out. The suspect fired first, striking Way in the right side. The gunman then fired two more rounds that struck near Way’s heart.
Way returned fire, shooting the suspect six times.
The gunman died at the scene and Way died a short time later at a local hospital.