Rufus W. Dalton Award

About the Award

Rufus W. Dalton was born and grew up in the West End area of Winston-Salem. He was an employee of Wachovia Bank and never worked in law enforcement. However, something about the profession apparently affected him personally.

He designated 153 individuals and 31 charitable institutions in his will, but his largest bequest went to local law enforcement agencies through the establishment of the Rufus Dalton Trust in 1983. He designed the fund to honor the bravery of police officers injured in the line of duty or to compensate the spouse of an officer killed in the line of duty.

SLOANSergeant C. S. Sloan

I am pleased to announce that an officer from the Winston-Salem Police Department has been selected to receive the 2019 Rufus Dalton Award. Sergeant C. S. Sloan received injuries in the line of duty last year requiring considerable medical attention and causing a loss of work time.

Officers were dispatched on a report of a Shooting and an Active Shooter. It was reported that one victim had been shot, and the suspect was in the possession of multiple firearms, waiting on police to arrive. Sergeant C. S. Sloan, Corporal M. C. Holmes, Officer A. N. Norman and Officer C. J. Faw responded and encountered the suspect. Sergeant C. S. Sloan, seeing that the suspect was armed, placed himself directly in harm’s way and selflessly directed Officer A. N. Norman and Corporal M. C. Holmes behind cover while he attempted to verbally engage the suspect. At that very moment, the suspect began firing at the officers. Sergeant C. S. Sloan returned fire and was struck in the right leg. Despite his serious injury, Sergeant C. S. Sloan remained in the fight and successfully pulled himself into a position of cover, while returning fire and protecting his officers.

While getting injured in the line of duty is not part of an officer’s job description, it is often an unfortunate reality of the job. We extend our special thanks to Sergeant C. S. Sloan and to all the many other law enforcement professionals who accept these risks each day for the purpose of keeping our communities safe.