Monday, April 26, 2010

Department Awards to Recognize Citizens, Officers

One February afternoon, a depressed Richmond woman attempted to kill herself by jumping off the 5th Street Bridge. But five caring strangers wouldn’t let that happen.

Each person worked as a team to hold onto the woman until police and emergency services arrived to pull her to safety. For this, they will each receive a Service to Law Enforcement award.

Several other citizens, from a teenage boy who testified against three violent robbers to a local radio DJ who encouraged her listeners to work with police, will also receive awards as well as many hardworking police officers.

These awards will be presented during the Department’s Quarterly Awards Ceremony at 1 p.m. tomorrow, Tuesday, April 27, at the Richmond Police Training Academy, 1202 W. Graham Road.

The Department will also recognize the retirement of its veteran chaplain, the Rev. William Gibson. During his 17 years of dedicated service to the Richmond Police Department, he has served our officers as the Department’s chaplain, mentor, instructor and friend.

“We like to take this opportunity to thank our officers and our citizens for all they do,” Chief Bryan T. Norwood said. “We want our officers and citizens to know that we appreciate all the hard work that makes this city and this community safer for all of us.”