Friday, November 21, 2008

Medal of Valor

Yesterday, eight Metropolitan Police Officers were among 24 people honored with a 2008 Medal of Valor. The Medal of Valor is sponsored by the Crusade Against Crime of America as well as the St. Louis Area Police Chiefs’ Association. Those honored with the Medal of Valor are recognized for acts of bravery that exceed the normal demands of public service. The Metropolitan Police Department officers who were honored came under fire from suspects, ran into a burning building to save a family of four, and prevented an armed gunman from harming employees at a business that a suspect likely intended to rob. Congratulations to Officer Daniel Fox, Officer Jennifer Story, Officer Walter White, Lt. James Whyte, Officer Lawrence Kreisman, Officer James Mana, Sgt. Ryan Cousins and Officer Jason Collins. Your fellow officers are proud and I know the people of St. Louis are grateful. Remembering these acts of bravery also provided us with the opportunity to reflect on what a deadly year it has been for first responders. Our hearts and prayers continue to be with those families who suffered losses during 2008.

Saturday, November 1, 2008

Heavy Hearts

Each day, knowing the risks, police officers proudly choose
to serve their communities.
Each night, knowing the risks, police officers hope that
all of their fellow officers will make it home safely.
The men and women of the Metropolitan Police Department are
deeply saddened to learn of the death of Sgt. Michael King,
of the University City Police Department.
We offer our heartfelt condolences to his family, friends,
and fellow law enforcement officers at the University City
Police Department.