FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Monday, November 18, 2013
On September, 12, 2013, the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department’s Bomb Squad was requested to respond to Carolinas Medical Center. A suicidal patient in the emergency room had life a threatening injury due to an unexploded improvised explosive device (IED) that the patient inserted into his neck. Bomb Squad Sgt. Robert Whitley was the first to respond. The emergency room was evacuated prior to his arrival and the patient was in a room awaiting surgery.
The ER staff could not operate on the patient with the IED still in his neck. Sgt. Whitley acted quickly and disregarded his own safety by using forceps to remove the IED from the patient and rendered the device safe. Sgt. Whitley acted without any protective equipment (bomb suit or helmet) due to the urgency in removing the device to save the victims life.
For this response and selfless action to save another Sgt. Whitley was awarded the CMPD Medal of Valor.
Sgt. Robert Whitley X-ray image of inserted device