Cornelius officers recognized for saving boaters on Lake Norman

One of the Cornelius Police Department Lake Patrol vessels in service on the water. /File photo

CORNELIUS – Three Cornelius Police officers were recognized for their response to a sinking boat on Lake Norman in June.

The CPD Lake Patrol Unit was dispatched around 6 p.m. to a sinking boat near Marker R-1 on Lake Norman. The vessel was actively sinking, and two men, two children and a dog were in the water. 

Cpl. Joseph McClellan, Officer Justin Tadlock and Officer John Macon responded to the scene. Four minutes later, officers located the vessel, and all parties – dog included – were rescued. The boat was salvaged as well.

Town Manager Andrew Grant reported that the trio’s professionalism, leadership, vessel operation and communication displayed during the incident went above and beyond the call of duty.

The department promoted Ian Casey to corporal in the patrol division July 29. He is a field training officer and operator for the North Mecklenburg Regional SWAT Team. 

Scott Lee was promoted to sergeant in the patrol division July 29.

He joined CPD in 2015 and is trained as a traffic crash reconstructionist, negotiator and crash data retrieval technician.

Two new officers were added in recent months: Officer Bobby Walker, who began July 26, and Megan Nichols, who was sworn in Oct. 4, both to the patrol division.

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