N. Charleston police officer to receive department's Purple Heart Award

NORTH CHARLESTON (WCSC) - A North Charleston police officer will be presented with the Purple Heart Award Thursday evening.

Officer David Winslette, who was injured in the line of duty, will receive the Police Department's Purple Heart Award at 7 p.m. tonight during the City Council meeting.

Officer Winslette was injured on January 14, 2012 while responding to a call. When he attempted to speak to a robbery suspect at an El Cheapo Convenience Store, Officer Winslette was shot multiple times by the suspect, hitting him in the upper chest portion of his body armor and knee.

When officers responded he was able to provide a description of the suspect and the direction the suspect fled.

The Purple Heart Award is presented to an officer who was injured or wounded by acts of aggression or assaulted while performing law enforcement duties.

Winslette was presented with the IACP/DuPont Kevlar Survivors' Club Award in May at the FBI LEEDA's annual conference. The award is given to officers whose lives were saved because of wearing body armor.