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City recognizes officers, including those who found Duley toddlers
Wednesday, December 7, 2011

ORANGEBURG, SC - The Orangeburg Department of Public Safety has recognized its finest, including two officers who tried to save the Duley toddlers.

During a ceremony last week, Cpl. Mike Fory and PSO Robert Warrington each received a certificate of merit for their actions the morning a car was reported submerged in the North Edisto River with two young children inside.

Sgt. Carl Shultz was recognized as Officer of the Year for his service as crime scene investigator. Last year, he averaged a crime scene investigation every other day. The evidence Shultz collected at one scene resulted in the identification of a burglary suspect wanted in multiple cases.

Cpl. Mitchell Jackson was awarded a certificate of merit based on his skills as a training officer. PSO Delores Felder was awarded the civic achievement for service to the community. PSO Ryan Cornforth was recognized as rookie of the year and Deborah Byrd was honored as non-sworn employee of the year.

On Aug. 16, 2010, Fory and Warrington were closest to the river landing where a car was said to be submerged with two toddlers inside.

"My biggest thing was getting there as fast as I could," Fory said in an interview later. "A lot of things were going through my mind."

The veteran officers were told two little brothers just 6 miles away desperately needed their help. A car accident, it was reported, possible entrapment at a lake, pond or river.

With no evidence to guide them, the officers traced the current to something barely breaking the water's surface about 30 feet from shore - a car roof.

The officers didn't wait.

Smashing a window, the officers felt inside the black water. Ja'van T. Duley, 1, and his big brother, Devean C. Duley, 2, were still strapped in their child seats.

Authorities allege the children did not drown in the vehicle, but were suffocated by their mother before the car was submerged in the river.

Shaquan Renee Duley, 29, of 992 Hammock St., Orangeburg, was charged with two counts of murder. Her case is still pending.

Duley could face life in prison or even the death penalty, if convicted.

Source: http://www.thetandd.com/news/local/article_30125c40-2064-11e1-9b28-0019bb2963f4.html

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