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Deputy saves two while on vacation

By Christy Goodman

Teneka King, an Alexandria Deputy Sheriff, was honored recently for saving two Virginians' lives while on vacation.

King, a 26-year-old night guard at the Alexandria Detention Center, was driving shortly after midnight in Virginia Beach in October when she saw a car crash into a guardrail in front of her.

King receives her accolade. (Alexandria Sheriff's Office)

King saw smoke coming from the car, officials said, and raced to help the two women inside./ Her first attempt to get the driver out failed, but she eventually released the driver's seatbelt and moved both women to safety, officials said. The car went up in flames soon afterward.

Sheriff Dana Lawhorne told King at a ceremony honoring her last week that "the valor and courage you displayed that night undoubtedly saved the life of one, if not both occupants."

It took about a month before Lawhorne honored King because the deputy sheriff had not told any of her co-workers. "I didn't think I needed to do that," said King, a Woodbridge resident, in a statement. "I was glad to help."

King has been working for the sheriff's office since February 2009.

By Christy Goodman  | November 10, 2010; 3:49 PM ET
Categories:  Alexandria, Heroes, Pr. William, Prison Beat, Virginia  
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Im proud of you sweety. And I like the fact you were humble with it. Kinda cute to.
Now that its gone it. I see you running the department in a few years!!! Profile like that doesnt come easy so take advantage. You earned it. If you would like some advice, holla. XOXO

Posted by: darrin_burton | November 10, 2010 6:36 PM | Report abuse

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