Officer Jared Moore will receive the Meritorious Service Award. Officers John Garwood and Drew Pyles will earn the Exemplary Service Awards.
Chief Doug Woodard provided the background on the awards which were based on incidents that happened this fall.
He said that Officer Jared Moore was on routine patrol in the area of the Shell Gas Station on Springboro Pike in the early morning of Sept. 26, when he observed a vehicle that was running, occupied by one subject, parked near the building. Sensing something might be wrong, Moore approached the vehicle and saw a subject who was positioned behind the driver’s seat with his head resting on the passenger seat, and his foot on the brake, according to Woodard.
Moore observed what appeared to be drugs and drug paraphernalia and thought that the driver might be suffering a drug overdose. He was able to safely place the vehicle in park and call for a medic response.
Moore and Sgt. Jeremy Branham, who had arrived on the scene, were able to remove the unresponsive occupant from the vehicle and begin CPR. They continued providing CPR until the West Carrollton Fire Department arrived on the scene and took over and transported the subject to the hospital. The subject later made a full recovery.
Officers John Garwood and Drew Pyles were recognized for their response to a report of burglary in progress at a Norwell Drive address on Oct. 4, 2016.
According to Woodard, a 72-year-old female resident advised dispatch that two subjects were actively attempting to break into her home through the rear sliding glass patio door. The homeowner could also see a third suspect who was serving as a lookout as the other two suspects were attempting entry.
Upon arriving in the area, the officers coordinated their tactical approach with an officer from Miami Township who had responded in an effort to establish a perimeter, Woodard said.
Garwood approached and apprehended the male suspect who was serving as the lookout. As Pyles continued to approach the home, the other two suspects became aware of his presence and fled the scene with Pyles in foot pursuit.
The suspects hopped over fences and ran through back yards in an attempt to escape. Pyles was able to chase down one of the suspects and take him into custody. The third suspect was apprehended by the Miami Township officer who had previously been positioned by our officers as they responded to the scene.
“Due to their quick thinking, tactical response and approach, and coordinated efforts Officers Garwood and Pyles were able to prevent three suspects from committing a very dangerous home invasion,” Woodard said.
For more information, call Police Chief Doug Woodard at (937) 847-4668.