Three Blue Springs Police Officers received “Gold Awards” at the 2010 Metropolitan Chiefs and Sheriffs Association Awards annual ceremony on Nov. 19 for their commendable actions in handling an “armed disturbance, shots fired” call for service.

Three Blue Springs Police Officers received “Gold Awards” at the 2010 Metropolitan Chiefs and Sheriffs Association Awards annual ceremony on Nov. 19 for their commendable actions in handling an “armed disturbance, shots fired” call for service.

The Gold Award “Recognizes a person who has performed an exceptionally valorous act far and above that which is normally expected, with great personal danger being present.”

Sgt. Don Rapp, Officer Brandon Claxton and Officer Cody Smith were honored for their bravery and dedication to duty during a March 2009 case.  They were confronted by a gunman who had just shot another person and then attempted to shoot the officers. Each officer maintained his calm demeanor and properly used his training to protect our community even though his life was in jeopardy.

While not receiving an award from the MCSAA, the outstanding actions of Dispatchers Melissa Collins and David Haynes were also nominated for actions during the same incident. Dispatchers Collins and Haynes were instrumental in providing officer safety information to the officers while fielding multiple 911 calls and other ongoing incidents at the same time. The dispatchers handled 181 separate radio transmissions during the fast-evolving incident.

The awards were read by Lauren Halifax, anchor for WDAF Fox 4 news in Kansas City, and the officers were joined by members of their families, Chief Wayne McCoy, Capt. Robert Morton, and Lt. Steve Decker who attended on behalf of the Blue Springs Police Department.  

We are very proud of our officers and dispatchers in the Blue Springs Police Department. Twenty-four hours a day, every day, they set aside their lives to ensure that all of us can live in a safe community with a very high quality of life, and we greatly appreciate their sacrifices.