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Provo Police officers honored for valor and saving lives

Posted at 10:51 AM, Oct 11, 2020
and last updated 2020-10-11 12:51:19-04

PROVO, Utah — Due to the coronavirus pandemic, the Provo Police Department postponed its annual awards ceremony.

Instead, it posted information on its Facebook page about incidents that resulted in officers being honored.

Medal of Valor:

  • On Thanksgiving morning 2019 around 7:30 in the morning, Provo Officers were dispatched to a possible structure fire at the North Canyon Condos at 2244 North Canyon Rd. Officers found large flames aggressively spreading on the roof of this high occupancy complex. Sgt. Martin Webb, Officers K. Newell, R. Malmgren, K. Fernandez, B. Laking, and A. Felsing entered the burning building to ensure that all occupants got out of the building safely.

Lifesaving Awards:

  • On the morning of July 3, 2020 around 1:00 a.m. Officer Jeremy Anderson, Officer Darin Majers, and Sergeant Heath Palmer responded to an apartment complex where a male was not conscious and not breathing. If the officers had not arrived and began chest compressions the male would have died and not survived the medical issue that night.
  • Officers were dispatched to a medical assist at 185 E 300 N on a report of a male who was not conscious and not breathing. Officers C. Nelson, S. Parrish and H. Semo performed effective CPR on the patient for approximately 10 minutes. Without the effective work performed by these three officers, the male may not be alive today.
  • Patrol received a call of a male who was in Rock Canyon with a shotgun and was going to commit suicide. Officers Coombs and Sgt. Jensen responded, found the male and immediately started a positive dialogue and connected with the young man on a personal level. Officer Coombs and Sgt. Jensen were commended for their professional and empathetic action, which we believe played a big part in saving this young man’s life.