Virginia Police Officer is First 2008 AMW All-Star Finalist
Credited With Saving Life At Virginia Tech Massacre
A Christiansburg, Virginia police officer who was one of the first to respond to the shooting rampage at Virginia Tech University and is credited with saving the life of a gravely-injured student has become the first weekly finalist in the 2008 America's Most Wanted All-Star Contest, sponsored by Sprint.
The tragedy at Virginia Tech claimed 32 lives. When Officer Gary Fields arrived on the campus on April 16th, 2007, he was met with a horrible scene: dozens of students dead and injured. But one girl caught his eye when he noticed her blinking. She'd been shot three times and was playing dead to protect herself. Officer Fields realized this, and immediately helped the seriously-injured student. He's credited with saving her life. Officer Fields received a commendation for his bravery that day, and was named 2007's Officer of the Year. Officer Fields continues to serve his community fighting crime, despite recently being diagnosed with cancer.
Officer Fields is the first of eight weekly finalists to be chosen by the public in the AMW All-Star Contest. Any first responder, such as police, firefighter or EMT, is eligible for the contest, and any member of the public can nominate and vote for their favorite first responder online at AMW.com. The nomination process is simple; all people have to do is fill out a short online form naming their favorite first responder and explaining what makes them an All-Star.
Each weekly finalist will be profiled on America's Most Wanted (Saturdays at 9 p.m. ET/PT, 8 p.m. CT on FOX). Then, through its online votes, the public will choose the grand prize winner.
AMW Host John Walsh will present the 2008 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.
Nominations are open at AMW.com until April 1, 2008. Members of the public will be allowed to vote for their favorite All-Stars once a day, every day. Finalist voting runs until April 13 at midnight, and the Grand Prize winner voting will run from April 17 to May 6.