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Deputy Register of Deeds Receives Exceptional Employee Award

Feb 04, 2019

A Cumberland County Register of Deeds employee was recognized this morning for her lifesaving efforts to help a man who was being viciously attacked by a dog in January.


County Manager Amy Cannon presented the Exceptional Employee Award to Laura Scales at the Board of Commissioners meeting in the Judge E. Maurice Braswell Courthouse. Scales is a Deputy Register of Deeds with the Cumberland County Register of Deeds office.


Scales was driving home from work on Jan. 9 when she saw a dog attacking Clifford Locklear and heard the man’s calls for help. The incident occurred on Clinton Road in east Fayetteville. Scales stopped her car, got out and tried to distract the dog by yelling and clapping her hands, not knowing if the animal would turn on her or not. The dog ignored her presence, and Scales quickly called 911.


The dog’s owner arrived before police and rescue personnel and managed to gain control of the dog. Scales stayed with Locklear and provided encouragement until first responders reached the scene and transported Locklear to Cape Fear Valley Medical Center, where he was treated for multiple serious injuries.


Scales followed up by visiting Locklear in the hospital, where he thanked her for saving his life. The story of the event and Scales’ hospital visit were covered by local media.


“Laura acted quickly, courageously and compassionately,” Cannon said. “She didn’t keep driving. She was a Good Samaritan who risked her own safety to help a person she didn’t know.”


In addition to the Exceptional Employee Award certificate, Scales received a voucher for four hours of paid leave and the traveling Exceptional Employee Award trophy, which stays in possession of the award recipient until the next County employee receives the award.


Register of Deeds Lee Warren also presented Scales with the Register of Deeds “Good Deed” award, which is given in recognition of outstanding contributions to Cumberland County residents.


See the video of the award presentation on the County’s You Tube channel at