Minneapolis Police honor officers and civilians

Family members, friends and members of the media were present at Minneapolis City Hall on Monday, Dec. 14, to recognize achievements and bravery of police officers and citizens at a Police Department awards ceremony.

The following officers and civilians were recognized by Minneapolis Police Chief Tim Dolan at the Dec. 14 event:

SFC Nicole Hughes, MN National Guard, was instrumental in the analysis of complex evidence in the murder of a two year-old child that eventually resulted in murder charges against one of the child’s parents.

Officer Dale Hanson, a forensic computer examiner with the MPD Crime Lab and the 2009 Sex Crimes Investigator of the year for the MN Sex Crimes Investigators Association was been responsible for 212 felony investigations into child pornography production and distribution in the past two years. He is also responsible for the rescue of nine previously unknown victims of child pornography whom Officer Hanson uncovered during his investigations.

Officer Steve Wuorinen who was named to Minnesota Department of Public Safety DWI Enforcement All Star Team for his 105 DWI arrests in 2008.

Cilivian V.J.Smith of Minneapolis MAD DADS for his work in the Minneapolis Schools with his C.O.P.S. Program (Community Organizing, and Preparing for Success) and his commitment to the success of Minneapolis youth.

Sgt. Calvin Noble of the Minneapolis Park PD, who performed rescue breathing on a female who overdosed and fell into the river. Sgt. Noble also obtained critical medical information about the victim that assisted EMS in properly treating the victim.

Sgt. Jason Ohotto of the Minneapolis Park PD, who directed and assisted in CPR on an overdosed victim who went into cardiac arrest.

Officers Richard Walker and Tyrone Barze whose quick action saved a two-year-old child whose airway was blocked by a coin.

Officer Carl Blad who convinced a despondent male to not jump off of the Broadway Bridge into the Mississippi River.

Officer Carl Blad and Mr. Dustin Murray who performed CPR on a motorist who overdosed on heroin and crashed his car.

Officers Dan Lysholm and Jim Bulleigh who were able to talk a distraught male out of jumping off the Hennepin Avenue Bridge into the Mississippi River.

Officer Jeff Binfet and Mr. Benjamin Erickson from the U of M St. Anthony Lab for their rescue efforts to save a man who had jumped off of the Hennepin Avenue Bridge into the Mississippi. Officer Jeff Binfet entered into the rushing 54-degree water with only a life vest and a rope to pull the man to safety. Unfortunately, the man later died from injuries sustained in the fall.

Officers Larry Loonsfoot and Andy Enriquez along with Mr. Mark Halley and Jesse Laninez for the rescue of residents from a fully engulfed home despite great risk to their lives.

Officer Chad Meyer who risked his life by chasing down an armed suspect even after the suspect pointed his gun at other officers.

Finally, another Minneapolis police official, whose name cannot be revealed at the request of the department, was recognized for his work that helped help the FBI arrest a murder suspect who had been on the run for several years.

Published Dec 15, 2009