When a knock came at the front door, 10-year-old Judd Tingey - who was home alone - knew better than to open it.
He peeked out and didn't recognize the man at the door. He had been taught not to open the door to strangers. Minutes later, Judd heard someone kicking in windows in the back of his house. He immediately ran to a neighbor's house, where the police were called.Officers found that the house had been ransacked and later located a suspect, whom Judd identified.
The Salt Lake Police Department honored Judd with a Public Service Medal recently during its 14th annual Police Awards, sponsored by the Salt Lake Kiwanis Club. The department honored 29 other citizens and dozens of police officers and personnel for their outstanding contributions to public safety.
Michelle Henkel and Vicki Tillack also received Public Service Medals. They were at a restaurant and decided to call police when they saw a woman acting suspiciously toward a child. Henkel and Tillack didn't know it, but officers had been looking for the 2-year-old, who had been taken by an acquaintance of her guardian.The child was located and the suspect was taken into custody.
"Only God knows where this child would have ended up without the intuitive actions of Ms. Henkel and Ms. Tillack," said Lt. Judy Dencker.
Public Service Medals
Other Public Service Medals were awarded to Robert Clausing, Robert Clausing Jr., Neil Cowles, Daniel Anderson, Danny Merchie and Rita Atkin. The Clausings helped officers capture burglary suspects; Cowles helped fight off two men who were trying to steal another man's bike; and 15-year-old Anderson chased and held a 26-year-old check forger until police could arrive.
Merchie and Atkin were honored for their efforts to help the residents of Odyssey house form a partnership with the residents in their neighborhood.
Salt Lake County sheriff's Lt. Lloyd Prescott received the Public Service Medal of Valor for posing as a hostage when an armed gunman seized control of the Salt Lake Library on March 5. When the gunman, who had a bomb, became agitated to the point of violence, Prescott shot and killed the man.
Public Service Medals were given to Tricia Griffith, Dave Hebertson and Nilsa Feliciano of KLZX and KCNR. They took calls from the gunman during the siege, played his requests, stopped playing commercials and worked with officers to resolve the situation.
Public Service Stars were also given to library employees Gwen Page and Jenny Wright for their efforts to evacuate the building. Page also distracted the suspect while many patrons escaped. Wright led a number of juveniles into a back office and stayed with them until it was safe to leave.
SWAT teams from Salt Lake City, Salt Lake County and Davis County received Distinguished Unit Citations for combining their efforts to secure the library, lead patrons to safety, develop communications and position themselves for rescue attempts.
The Salt Lake SWAT teams consist of: Lt. Scott Atkinson, Sgt. Ken Hansen, officers Brian Bailey, Kerry Fowler, Morgan Sayes, Sama Hunt, Chris Burbank, Karl Gabbitas, Troy Siebert, Tim Doubt, Isaac Atencio, Scott Grant, Byron Hollis, Mike Tueller, Mark Nelson, Gregory Hagelburg, David Daniels, Craig Gleason, Randall Hunnewell and Boyd Clark.
The Salt Lake County sheriff's SWAT team consists of: Capt. Bill VanWagenen, Lt. Lee Smith, Sgt. Rick Suarez, Sgt. Jeff Carr, deputies Kris Ownby, Kim Bowman, Paul Brenneman, Kevin Betterton, Don Kirk, Scott Bannon, Jim Potter, Kevin Matthews, Mike Lloyd, Bobby Sampson, Jim Winder, Gene VanRoosendaal, Tom Russell, Tim Langley, John Stowe, Steve Rowland, Don Hutson, Sgt. Thad Moore and medic Dick Bethers.
The Davis County sheriff's SWAT team consists of deputies Randy Slagowski, Lane Gleave, Gary Jensen and David Harris.
Salt Lake police dispatchers were also given the Distinguished Unit Citation for their handling of the hostage situation: Pam Thompson, Laurie Wilson-Bell, Lisa Whitney, Kim Crockett, Judy Sanders, Anna Weidauer, Kim Kraus, Shawna Smith and Debra Briggs.
Colleen Minson was honored with the Humanitarian Award for donating hundreds of hours of service to the community. She helped organize a meeting with 300 citizens to form a neighborhood watch group.
Holly Crumbaugh received the Citizen's Distinguished Service Award for her efforts to coordinate a partnership between police and Jackson Elementary "at risk" students.
On June 24, 1993, a woman at a grocery store was knocked to the ground and dragged by a man trying to steal her purse. When the would-be thief saw Utah Highway Patrol trooper Bruce Pollei, he ran, but Brandon Allred tackled and held him until the trooper detained him. Allred received the Distinguished Public Service Medal and Pollei was honored with a Public Service Medal.
Other Public Service Medals were awarded to Gary Ratliff, Brock Stokes, Mike Sabo, Troy Huffaker, Tom Higginson, Victoria Shores, Barry Esham, Helge Moulding, Victoria Glad and Robyn Webb, who have all helped develop the Mobile Neighborhood Watch Program.
Chief's Recognition honors were given to Kimball Sant, detectives Frank Werner and Wade Wayment, officers Cathy Shoney and Ken Dailey, police clerks Chalene Christensen, Susan Debonis, Kelli Saldivar and team facilitator Brad Cordery. They all worked to improve the rewards and recognition programs of the police department.
Officers of the Month were also lauded during the ceremony: Shawn Streeter, Greg Smith, Ellsworth Moon, Dave Hendricks, Mike Beesley, Marty Kaufmann, Wade Wayment, Robert Robinson, Jon Richey, Brad Burningham, Lynn Miller, James D. Buckholts and John Beener.
Meritorious Unit Citations wereawarded to the Domestic Violence Squad and the school resource officers. Sgt. Harvey Jackson and detectives Guy Yoshikawa and George Spargen were honored for their approach in training officers to more effectively meet the needs of victims and suspects of domestic abuse. The Domestic Violence Squad also received the Chief's Unit Award.
James D. Buckholts, Fred Louis, Terry Morgan, Dave Cracroft and Earl Price were praised for their efforts to provide a police presence at schools, counsel troubled students and provide role models to youth.
The K-9 Unit, consisting of Sgt. John Kerens, Marty Kaufmann, Jon Richey and Rosealie Cox, were honored with the Distinguished Unit Citation for their success in seizing more than $2.5 million in assets and narcotics and arresting 341 people without any bystanders being bitten or injured.
Officer Lynn Miller, who works in the foot patrol in West Central City, received a Meritorious Service Medal for his police work and efforts to help homeless and underprivileged people in his area to find work.
Distinguished Service Medals were given to Marty Kaufmann and Ellsworth Moon. Kaufmann seized 166 bundles of cocaine and two chips of black tar heroin during August. Moon was investigating a credit card fraud when his instincts told him to check on the owner of the card, who was found dead. The suspect was later charged with murder.
Police Stars were given to Lt. Carroll Mays, Sgt. Don Campbell, Lt. Roger Winkler, Sgt. Zane Smith, Sgt. Bill Brown and officers Ryan Atack, Brian Wahlin and Eric Irvine.
Mays and Campbell were called to a report of a woman threatening a security officer with a gun. The officers negotiated for nearly an hour before eventually convincing her to trade her weapon for a can of beer.
Winkler and Smith were confronted by a man dressed in full battle gear who had 10 loaded firearms next to him in the doorway. He was upset over a friend's arrest earlier in the day. The officers negotiated with him and later disarmed him without injury.
Brown helped distract a despondent East High School student who was on a fourth floor window and threatening to jump to his death. Brown and officer James D. Buckholts performed a daring rescue and pulled him to safety. Buckholts received a Meritorious Service Medal and teachers Rosemary Emery, Brent Fackrell and Larry Ficks received Public Service Medals for their efforts to keep the boy calm.
Atack and Wahlin were honored for their efforts to perform CPR and revive a man who collapsed on a sidewalk.
Irvine was lauded for his conduct involving a violent man who was threatening others and damaging the interior of a house with a 30-inch sword. At risk to his own safety, Irvine moved close to the man and negotiated with him, but later shot and killed him when he crashed through the door trying to hit Irvine.
Jerald "Jerry" Burton, who has managed the department's budget office since 1976, was honored as the Chief's Employee of the Year.