Eight Police Officers Receive Medal of Valor
JEFFERSON CITY - Governor Jay Nixon awarded the Medal of Valor to eight public safety officers Wednesday. The officers, along with their families and colleagues, gathered for a ceremony in the capitol.
The medal is given to officers who exceed the normal demands of their service. These eight officers exhibited extraordinary acts of bravery and heroism during different situations in 2010.
One medal recipient was Donald. L Doza of the Missouri State Highway Patrol. Last spring, Doza rescued a victim from van fire moments before an explosion.
"I was placed in a situation where I was able to save someone's life," Doza said.
Other recipients of the medal were Matthew Crosby and Jorden Lewis of the Rock Hill Police Department; Joseph Haman of the St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department; Steven Landsness of the O'Fallon Police Department; Darren Rodgers of the Arnold Police Department; Kenneth Smith Jr. of the St. Joesph Police Department; and Gerald Williams of the Jefferson County Sheriff's Department.
Director of Public Safety Jerry Lee and Missouri State Highway Patrol Superintendent Colonel Ron Replogle were also at the ceremony to present the medals.