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Examiner
  • Police officers lauded for saving lives

  • For 10 minutes Monday evening, the city of Independence recognized the actions of a handful of Police Department officers that likely went unnoticed by most of the public last year.

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  • For 10 minutes Monday evening, the city of Independence recognized the actions of a handful of Police Department officers that likely went unnoticed by most of the public last year.
    Three officers received recognition for actions they took to save citizens’ lives, and one Independence Police Department veteran received another award in a long line of awards.
    An awards committee consisting of police personnel from all ranks reviewed 16 nominations earlier this month.
    Five nominations were selected for awards based on the criteria outlined in the department’s policy. The other submissions are still included in each employee’s personnel file as letters of recognition or letters of commendation.
    Presented by Independence Det. Jason Young, the 2012 awards fell into the categories of Meritorious Service Award and Life Saving Award.
    MERITORIOUS SERVICE AWARD: Deputy Chief John Main received the honor in recognition of exemplary, continuous, long-term professionalism. Main started at Independence Police Department 36 years ago as a records clerk, and he became a police officer in 1978.
    Main has received about 65 letters of appreciation or commendation. He’s served as a commander since 1994, and in 2002, Main became the department’s deputy chief.
    Some of his notable commendations include homicide investigations in 1978 and 1989; the Jeffrey Lundgren mass murderer investigation in 1990; and a double homicide investigation in 1991.
    “Deputy Chief Main has been an invaluable asset to the department and has demonstrated exemplary initiative, dedication and professionalism,” Young said. “He has been involved in almost every major project and accomplishment that the department has achieved since his promotion to deputy chief in 2002, and he has played an important role in moving the department forward.”
    LIFE SAVING AWARD: Officer Terry Dorman received one of three Life Saving Award honors distributed Monday for his role in trying to save the life of a non-breathing infant on Dec. 17, 2012.
    Dorman responded to a residential call in which he found a 4-month-old child lying on a couch, not breathing. Dorman performed CPR for several minutes until the Independence Fire Department and ambulance crews arrived.
    The child was transported to Centerpoint Medical Center and was later pronounced dead.
    “Officer Dorman did an extraordinary job, implementing lifesaving techniques to try and save the child’s life,” Young said. “No matter how long you’ve been a police officer, it is difficult to perform CPR on someone and for that person to later die. Although the ultimate outcome of the situation was unfortunate, Officer Dorman exhibited exemplary skill and decisive action in sustaining the infant’s life with emergency medical care.”
    Officer Lewis Logan also received a Life Saving Award for his actions on April 28, 2012. He volunteered to assist patrol officers on a call involving an unresponsive man found inside a residence.
    Page 2 of 2 - Once on the scene, Logan assisted the Independence Fire Department in giving lifesaving chest compressions to the unresponsive man until ambulance crews received.
    Before transporting the man to the hospital, ambulance crews notified police and fire officials that the man had a pulse and was responding to medical treatment.
    “Officer Logan exhibited consummate skill and decisive action in saving the life of this individual,” Young said.
    Officer Corey Randall received a Life Saving Award for actions she took on Oct. 15, 2012. Randall responded to a single-vehicle accident at U.S. 40 and Hardy Avenue. The vehicle’s driver had suffered a heart attack and drove off the road, and upon Randall’s arrival, the driver had no pulse and was not responsive.
    Randall initiated and continued CPR until ambulance crews arrived. The driver was transported to Centerpoint Medical Center for treatment.
    “There is no doubt that Officer Randall’s quick thinking and decisive actions resulted in saving the life of this individual,” Young said.
     
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