Thursday, August 27, 2015

Richmond Police Honors Its Officers and Community Partners

Aug. 27, 2015

WHAT:                     Richmond Police Salute to Excellence Awards Ceremony

WHEN:                    3 p.m. Thursday, August 27, 2015

WHERE:                  Maggie Walker Governor’s School, 1000 N. Lombardy Street

BACKGROUND:    Richmond Police Department will honor its officers, civilian staff and some of its community partners for their crime reduction efforts, contributions and selfless acts to aid in making Richmond a better, safer city.

Two of the Department’s top awards, the Medal of Valor and the Life Saving Bar, will be presented to officers for their invaluable, courageous and heroic actions in the line of duty as well as off duty.

Some stories are better known than others, like that of Officer William Turner, who was shot while responding to a call for an emotionally disturbed person earlier this year. He will be receiving the Medal of Valor today.

But other stories, like that of Officer Andrew Nicholson, are less widely known. 

After hearing what sounded like a vehicle crash while working nearby in May, Officer Nicholson responded to find an SUV had struck a power pole and a sparking transformer was dangling perilously low over the vehicle. Despite warnings from bystanders, he rushed in and dragged the unresponsive driver to safety.

These and many more untold stories will be presented at the biannual Salute to Excellence awards ceremony. The Department recognizes the efforts of those who contribute to its successes twice a year.

The public and members of the media are invited to attend.