Denver public safety officials lauded two heroic saves by emergency personnel as they awarded meritorious service medals to 21 first responders this week.
The medals, given by Denver Public Safety Director Murphy Robinson, are for individuals who have distinguished themselves for exceptional service above and beyond the call of duty.
“I am pleased to recognize these first responders for their extraordinary service to the Denver community,” Murphy said in a news release. “Without their teamwork and tenacity, the outcomes in these two situations could have been very different.”
The 21 medals were awarded to responders who worked on two separate emergencies.
On April 19, Denver first responders worked to find a man who had driven to the city from Tucson, Arizona. His wife called 911, concerned he’d experienced a stroke.
Unable to determine his location, the Denver 911 team was able to ping his phone, narrowing his location to 1 mile.
Sounding their sirens periodically as a 911 dispatcher listened over the phone, the first responders were able to find and care for the man.
On May 15, a Denver resident was concerned about her sister possibly being drugged on a private yacht near Puerto Rico. She called 911 in Denver, where a dispatcher was able to work with the U.S. Coast Guard, which located the yacht and rescued the woman and seven others.
All 21 staff members received a medal and certificate recognizing their service in a ceremony Thursday in front of colleagues and family members, city officials said.
Here are the honorees:
- Nicole Harrison, Denver 911
- Asisha Milton, Denver 911
- Kylie Simonton, Denver 911
- Robert (Ben) Johnson, Denver 911
- Eddie Clark, Denver 911
- Randa Emanuel, Denver 911
- Robert (Tyler) Rebbe, Denver 911
- Kyle Barrowcliff, Denver Paramedics
- Jesse Rogers, Denver Paramedics
- Officer Anthony Bova, Denver Police Department
- Officer Andrew Niccum, DPD
- Officer Kimberly Leon, DPD
- Officer Jon Davis, DPD
- Officer James Adam, DPD
- Officer Haley Peyton, DPD
- Officer Fred Little, DPD
- Officer Jael Lozano, DPD
- Officer Brian Finneran, DPD
- Cpl. Jared Wersch, DPD
- Sgt. Tony Lopez Jr., DPD
- Capt. Michael Jordan, Denver Sheriff Department
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