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Leland Police Department's Chief's Medal
Officer McGee and Officer Schwenk were presented with the chief's medal and the medal of valor, respectively. (Photo: Basil John/WWAY)

LELAND, N.C (WWAY) — The sound of gunshots rang out the night of December ninth.

Officer Jacob Schwenk’s life could have ended there.

But a quick lesson a month before, ultimately saved his life.

“A month before the incident, Jake actually taught me how to apply a tourniquet with his prior EMS certification which is ironic that I’d be using that same skill that he taught me a month later,” Officer Charles McGee, said.

Months later, both are honored at Leland town hall. Officer McGee and Officer Schwenk were presented with the chief’s medal and the medal of valor, respectively.

It’s the first time officers from Leland have received these awards.

Police Chief Mike James presented the awards to them and it was emotional at the ceremony.

“We’re like a family, and when somebody hurts one of your family members it hurts you. And so you do get emotional when you think about it,” James said.

Officer McGee is just happy he was able to respond quickly to help his fellow officer.

“You know, you think back ‘could I have done something better, could I have been there faster?’ But at the end of the day, I just think that, I just thank God that I was where I was at, to do what I was able to do,” McGee said.

District Attorney Jon David added more praise by saying that Officer McGee arrived in the knick of time leading to the life saving moment.

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