Florence trooper honored as best in his district

Senior Trooper William A. McInville, of Florence, is the Trooper of the Year.

McInville was honored at a ceremony today in Blythewood.

McInville joined the Highway Patrol in January 2010 and patrols Dillon, Florence and Marion counties.

Highway Patrol honored him for his actions during a traffic stop on June 3, 2012.

They say a car went through a stop light on U.S. 52 North at Cashua Drive, nearly causing a collision. A woman got out of the car with a 2-year-old child who was not breathing. While the mother called for help, McInville began to perform CPR on the child. After several abdominal thrusts, the child spit out a piece of candy, which had caused him to choke, according to Highway Patrol.

"When the mother ran from the vehicle, Trooper McInville had no idea what had happened," said Highway Patrol Col. Mike Oliver. "He calmly assessed the situation, repeatedly warned the parents to be careful of the traffic around them and was able to resuscitate this child. Troopers never know what to expect on their shift, but Trooper McInville drew on his training and his experience to save a life. This act is not the exception for Trooper McInville but highlights his overall work ethic and compassion for others."

The child spent the night in the hospital. Highway Patrol says a doctor at the hospital said if McInville had not taken action, the child would have died or suffered brain damage.

Before joining the Highway Patrol, McInville worked at the Florence Police Department, the City of Florence Fire Department and the Timmonsville Rescue Squad.

He is married and has one child.