A Folly Beach Public Safety officer has been cited for bravery for saving a drowning woman.
City Council gave Sgt. Andrew Gilreath a Life Saving citation Tuesday. It’s the first time in many years an officer has received such an award, according to an announcement from the police department today.
“He put his life at risk to save another, and for that he is very deserving of this recognition,” Director of Public Safety Dennis Brown said.
Gilreath ran into the Atlantic Ocean near the Folly Beach Fishing Pier to save the life of a woman who was drowning in June.
Gilreath was given a certificate, a medal and a citation bar that can be worn on his uniform.
“All of Folly Beach can be proud of Andrew and Public Safety,” Mayor Tim Goodwin said. “We’re certainly glad Andrew has chosen to serve our community.”
Gilreath, a 10-year law-enforcement veteran, joined the Folly Beach force in March.
Cpl. Ryland Reed and Officer Tony Mixon also were recognized with certificates of performance in separate incidents. Reed spent time off the clock tracking down a lost wedding ring. Mixon solved a crime involving pet cruelty, where a dog was shot with a pellet gun.