LAURINBURG — A Scotland County Sheriff’s deputy, still recovering from injuries suffered during an inmate’s violent attack, was honored by fellow law enforcement during a Monday ceremony.
The sheriff’s office came together in the main courtroom for a departmental meeting around 5:30 p.m. and dedicated part of the meeting to a ceremony honoring Lee Davis for his dedication to the department.
“He’s doing fine,” Scotland County Sheriff Shep Jones said. “He’s had that traumatic injury and as time passed things settled in. We just want to make sure he stays emotionally and spiritually positive.”
Davis was injured in a January scuffle with 32-year-old Shawnte McMillan, of 303 Adreinna Road in Maxton, who was being booked into the Scotland County jail when he became unruly and Davis joined another deputy in an attempt to restrain him. When the struggle led into a storage area, McMillan struck Davis in the eye with a steel storage basket. Davis was rushed to the hospital for his injury and later underwent several surgeries on his left eye.
“It’s the worst,” he said of his injury. “But I’m still here. It’s a slow and long process but overall I’m recovering well. Hopefully once I’m released I’ll be able to go back to work and everything will be back to normal.”
Davis was presented with a plaque on which a poem titled “The Badge,” written by former Laurinburg Police Chief Robert Malloy, had been inscribed. The plaque also included a salute from the office for his “heart behind the badge.”
“It was a small token of the sacrifice he made for our office and also for the citizens of Scotland County,” said Jones. “He’s part of the department and he’s part of the family.”
McMillan is being held under a bond of more than $1 million. He was charged with three counts of felonious assault with a deadly weapon, assault with a deadly weapon inflicting serious injury and resisting a public officer.
Davis said he knows to “expect the unexpected at work” and doesn’t regret his decision to help his fellow deputy.
“When I decided to choose this profession I chose to put my life on the line for everyone else,” said Davis. “I serve and protect.”
Davis has undergone surgery twice, and has a long road to recovery ahead.
“He’s a wonderful officer,” Jones said. “A first class officer.”
Davis said everyone at the sheriff’s office are a part of his family and he knows he can count on them for support. He looks forward to being back on the job.
“It was nice,” Davis said of the ceremony. “I was surprised and I’m just happy that they did it for me. I’d like to thank the sheriff’s office for being there for me. I’d like to thank the community for their thoughts, prayers, and telephone calls as well.”
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