Nine-year-old Malachi Coffey has been bestowed the Order of the Silver Crescent by Governor Henry McMaster for his heroic actions that saved his neighbor's life last month.
The Order of the Silver Crescent is the state’s highest civilian award for significant contributions, leadership, volunteerism, and lifelong influence within a region or community. The Order of the Silver Crescent is a once in a lifetime achievement of which Coffey is most deserving.
Gov. McMaster wrote on his Twitter on Wednesday, April 25 that, "Heroism knows no age limits. I’m proud to confer upon Malachi Coffey the Order of the Silver Crescent."
In late March, Coffey sprang into action when he heard his neighbor, 65-year-old Allen Clemmons, shouting from underneath a 3,000-pound car. Clemmons had been stuck for an hour and a half after his car slipped off the jack, and rolled on top of him.
Coffey jacked up the car and pulled the man out, saving his life.
Along with the governor's prestigious honor, Coffey was also named "Honorary Employee of the Month" for April and "Honorary Deputy" by the Sumter County Sheriff's Office.