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Sgt. Gragg named finalist on TV show - needs votes

Palmetto Police Sgt. Lee Gragg has been named one of eight nationalist finalists in the America’s Most Wanted All-Star Contest, sponsored by Sprint, after surviving a routine traffic stop gone wrong. Gragg is in the running for a $10,000 Grand Prize if he can receive enough online votes.

On Sept. 12, 2009, three Palmetto officers were conducting a road safety check when they encountered a driver without a license. Sgt. Gragg, the traffic stop supervisor, was called over to investigate further. As he approached the convertible, he noticed the driver was on his cell phone and asked him to end his call multiple times. The driver ignored his requests and, instead, revved his engine.

Sgt. Gragg acted quickly. He reached inside the vehicle in an attempt to subdue to the driver, but was instead thrown off-balance into the back of the convertible as the driver sped off. Three hundred yards later, the fleeing driver crashed into a brick mailbox, which flipped the car and killed him instantly. Sgt. Gragg was ejected from the vehicle and thrown 20 feet in the air. He broke his back, seventeen bones in his face and jaw, suffered a brain injury and lost his left eye as a result.

Remarkably, after four months of recovery, Sgt. Gragg returned to light police duty to continue the important work he feels he was born to do. Even after staring life-threatening danger in the face, he continues to bravely protect and serve his community.

Sgt. Gragg is the sixth of eight weekly finalists to be chosen by the public in this year’s AMW All-Star Contest.

Each weekly finalist has been profiled on America’s Most Wanted (Saturdays, 9:00-10:00 PM ET/PT on FOX). Through online votes, the public will choose the grand-prize winner. In May, AMW Host John Walsh will present the 2010 AMW All-Star winner with a check for $10,000 at the NASCAR SPRINT Cup Series™ All-Star Challenge at Lowe’s Motor Speedway in Charlotte, North Carolina.

Members of the public may vote for their favorite first responder once a day, every day. Grand-prize winner voting will run from April 15th-May 3rd. Please visit for more information.



I voted for him, and will try to vote every day. Hope others will, too. Glad the miscreant driver didn't make it.

Did anyone read the write-ups for the other nominees? Sorry to say, I wouldn't vote for any of them as they all seemed to be victims of circumstance, without any display of individual courage or heroism. Certainly I applaud all police officers and their devotion to duty in the vital area of citizen protection but many occupations have hazardous duty connected with the daily performance of prescribed duties. I say "Nice attack-wrong hill".

There is a big deiifference in someone who sits behind a desk all day long and gets carpitonal syndrome in their hands as to someone who is drugged by a car trying to stop a fleeing person who was grabbing something (probably a gun) to shoot his partner, or a person that is shot in the head because he doesn't like the police, or someone that is sshot trying to stop someone from selling drugs to the children in the neighborhood. I thank God each day for these heroes (and they allare heroes in one way or the other. Here is a great idea if you don't want to stand behind each of these heroes and support them, then tap them on the shoulder and move in front of them and try to do the job that they do or did in these situations. Yes they are all heroes and each of them deserve to be treated as such.

You clearly have a problem with comprehension and expression. As a person who has 42 yrs experience withe US Army (including 2 1/2 yrs in Vietnam), I am very careful about tossing around the term "Hero". Reread my original post. Maybe, just maybe you can see where I express my support for LEA. But maybe not.

I feel that it is important to know that there is a difference in being someone who sits behind a computer and gets carpitonal syndrome in their fingers and a police officer who gets drugged by a car by a fleeing person while trying to stop him from grabbing something (probably a gun) from under his seat to shoot his partner, or someone who is shot in the head by a kid who doesn;'t like police, or someone who is forced to shoot someone that is robbing a bank. All of these people are heroes and the only thing that each of them did that day was go to work. I thank God everyday for each of these heroes that they are protecting you and me and that people that like you that take that job for granted are not trying to do it. Each of these people are heroes in their own right. Here is a great idea why don't you be supportive of each of them and stand behind them, or tell them to move over and stand in front of them in any of these situations listed in the bio's of these people and do the job that they do.

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