Sumter County Council honors boy who saved neighbor's life

BY ADRIENNE SARVIS
adrienne@theitem.com
Posted 3/29/18

Though he acted in selflessness, Sumter County Council decided to commend Malachi Coffey, the 9-year-old who rescued a neighbor who was pinned underneath a car on March 10, by giving him his own day in the county.

The Mustang convertible fell on …

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Sumter County Council honors boy who saved neighbor's life

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Though he acted in selflessness, Sumter County Council decided to commend Malachi Coffey, the 9-year-old who rescued a neighbor who was pinned underneath a car on March 10, by giving him his own day in the county.

The Mustang convertible fell on Allen Clemmons' chest and legs, cutting off feeling to the left side of his body, while he was trying to remove the transmission.

Malachi, who was playing in a nearby yard, heard Clemmons calling for help and used a jack to lift the vehicle off his neighbor. Clemmons is still recovering from his injuries and requires assistance while walking.

Malachi heard the call just at the right time and allowed his hands to be changed from those of a boy to the hands of a rescuer, Sumter County Council Chairman Jim McCain said.

It is known that a name can carry significant meaning, he said, reading from a proclamation commending Malachi for his actions. Did you know that the name Malachi means messenger or angel, he asked the elementary school student.

Malachi was also given a trophy for his heroism.

March 10 started out as an ordinary day, said Sumter County Sheriff Anthony Dennis during the council meeting, but the lives of two people were quickly changed forever.

The sheriff commended Malachi for his quick thinking which he said is an example for all residents of the county to follow.

"Because of your split-second decision, you saved a life," he said to Malachi.

Dennis said Malachi will be named employee of the month at the sheriff's office and Sumter-Lee Regional Detention Center.

In other news, Sumter County Emergency Management received an award on Tuesday from South Carolina Association of Counties for promptly reporting property and liability claims in the county last year.

John Henderson, director of risk management services for South Carolina Association of Counties, specifically recognized Donna Dew, executive secretary of emergency management, for her work in reporting the claims.

This is the No. 1 award, he said.