Springfield Police Chief Steve Moody, left, and Clark County Sheriff Deb Burchett salute after placing the memorial wreath during the Law Day ceremony Friday. Bill Lackey/Staff

Clark County Law Day honors those who serve with courage, distinction

Officials from Clark County honored those who died serving residents of Clark County Friday during the annual Law Day event.

Springfield Police Division Chief Steve Moody said the day is special and that his department will never forget those who died while serving.

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“It is important today that we remember the men and women of the Springfield Police Division, Clark County Sheriff’s Office, Springfield Fire and Rescue Division, those who served the community and paid the ultimate sacrifice,” he said.

A wreath was laid at the memorial statue in Springfield along with a 21-gun salute. People who attended the event remembered the sacrifices these officers made.

Moody also gave out awards to those who he described as people with courage, willing to do anything to help someone in need.

“They run towards the danger everyday that people are running from so we always need to remember those who came before us and those who are going to come after us,” he said.

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Officer Jerry Bowen was honored with the Life Saving award for his heroic actions on Dec. 7. Bowen was called to the scene of a man who was unresponsive but breathing on a couch. While medics were arriving the man stopped breathing, according to reports, and began to give the man CPR.

He was able to get the man to breathe on his own and saved the man’s life.

Other officers awarded were:

Meritorious Service - Sergeant Matthew Buynak, Officer Jason Phillips, Officer Goeffrey Ashworth, Officer Wendy Kibler, PCA Linda Cooper, Officer Mike Fredendall, Sergeant Jason Via.

Distinguished Service - Officer Tom Selner.

Citizen’s Award - Nikki Crable, Deb Reese, The Exchange Club, Allison Truman.

SPPA Police Officer of the Year - Geoffrey Ashworth.

Dan R. Fair Award - Officer Justin Massie.

SCOA Leadership Award - Sergeant Allison Bennett.

Moody said police and fire officials appreciate being thanked for their services. The police division honored Thurman because she has made it her obligation to show local officer support weekly.

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“Allison Truman, 7-years-old, made it a point of coming down to police headquarters whether it is making cards of encouragement, a banner, baking cookies for the officers (or) simply giving them hugs,” he said. “Allison is the future of our community and with her we are in great shape.”

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