Police awards honor Edmonds officers, citizens for outstanding service, contributions

Mayor Dave Earling helped open the ceremony. In his remarks he praised the Edmonds Police Department for professionalism and efficiency, and their vital role in maintaining the quality of life in our community.
Mayor Dave Earling helped open the ceremony. In his remarks he praised the Edmonds Police Department for professionalism and efficiency, and their vital role in maintaining the quality of life in our community.
Police Chief Alan Compaan presents an award to Geoff Bennett who, at considerable risk to himself, rescued a mother and her two children from an automobile leaking fuel and in immediate danger of being ignited by downed power lines.
Police Chief Alan Compaan presents an award to Geoff Bennett who, at considerable risk to himself, rescued a mother and her two children from an automobile leaking fuel and in immediate danger of being ignited by downed power lines.

Story and photos by Larry Vogel

The Edmonds Police Department held its 12th annual awards ceremony on Thursday night. The event coincides with the national Peace Officers Memorial Day, where the nation pauses to remember the more than 900,000 officers serving across the nation, and the more than 20,000 who have made the ultimate sacrifice in the line of duty.

“Edmonds has a reputation for being a quiet, some would say sleepy, community,” said Mayor Dave Earling, who helped kick off the ceremony. “Well, you can thank the folks in this room for that. The outstanding quality and efficiency of our police department combined with citizens who are willing to go outside their comfort zones to support the department in its mission are absolutely critical in making our community the great place it is.”

The 2013 Edmonds ceremony recognized 24 citizens and officers who have aided the police department in its mission through selfless actions that go above and beyond the ordinary.

One award recognized how cooperation by police officers across jurisdictions can solve crimes quickly and efficiently. Here Edmonds Chief Alan Compaan presents special letters of commendation to a group of officers from Edmonds, Mountlake Terrace, Lynnwood and Brier for their quick judgment and teamwork in apprehending a suspect involved in multiple burglaries and other crimes, who led the officers on a multi-hour car and foot chase. He praised the officers for professionalism, effective cooperation and stellar judgment throughout the ordeal.
One award recognized how cooperation by police officers across jurisdictions can solve crimes quickly and efficiently. Here Edmonds Chief Alan Compaan presents special letters of commendation to a group of officers from Edmonds, Mountlake Terrace, Lynnwood and Brier for their quick judgment and teamwork in apprehending a suspect involved in multiple burglaries and other crimes, who led the officers on a multi-hour car and foot chase. He praised the officers for professionalism, effective cooperation and stellar judgment throughout the ordeal.
Compaan recognizes Edmonds Officer Kenneth Crystal as officer of the year.
Compaan recognizes Edmonds Officer Kenneth Crystal as officer of the year.
Part of the multi-jurisdictional group of officers commended this evening, Officers Morrison, Crystal and Dreyer take a break after the ceremony.
Part of the multi-jurisdictional group of officers commended this evening, Officers Morrison, Crystal and Dreyer take a break after the ceremony.

 

 

 

 

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