Olympia police chief honors officers, members of the public

Staff writerMay 15, 2013 

Olympia Police Chief Ronnie Roberts honored police officers and members of the public Wednesday with community service awards for 2012, according to a news release.

Each year, the Olympia Police Department meets during National Police Week to recognize those who have gone “above and beyond the call of duty” to help provide a safe and secure city, the release states.

According to the release:

Life saving awards went to Ralph Osgood and Rhys McCray, who were honored this year with a Life Saving Award for the help they gave to a suicidal woman who was trying to jump off the Capitol Way bridge onto Interstate 5. Officers Kory Pearce, Amy King, Ryan Donald, and Duane Hinrichs were also recognized for helping bring the woman to safety.

Officer Mike Hovda received a Medal of Valor for his actions that prevented injury to officers by a suspect wielding a gun.

Partnership Awards are given to members of the community who partner with the police to address crime. Peter Guttchen, Angie Warner-Rein and Linda Donaldson were recognized for their efforts to keep their neighborhoods safe.

Chief’s Awards are given to individuals who provided exemplary service to the Department in 2012. Those receiving Chief’s Awards included Officers Jason Watkins and Paul Evers, Sergeant Jim Black, and Corrections Officer Kelli Hull.

Employee of the Year to a non-commissioned police department employee went to Lonnie Griffin for his exceptional work in Evidence and in Customer Service.

Detectvie Chris Johnstone received the Officer of the Year award for his outstanding work as a Detective.

Jeremy Pawloski: 360-754-5445 jpawloski@theolympian.com

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