Power for Progress…
A weekly column from the Grand River Dam Authority
Two Grand River Dam Authority Police Officers were recognized recently by the Oklahoma Sheriffs and Peace Officers Association (OSPOA) for their heroic efforts while on the job.
Officer Tyler Brown received a commendation for his efforts in apprehending an armed suspect in Mayes County on September 13, 2012. Brown, along with other area law enforcement officers on the scene had no choice but to discharge their weapons to protect themselves and thankfully, the threat of the armed suspect was neutralized before any of the officers or the surrounding neighbors could be injured.
Cox was awarded a Medal of Valor for his heroic actions placing his own life in immediate danger while attempting to rescue a small child from Grand Lake in June 2011.
“His selfless actions are easily overlooked in the tragic ending of the incident, but it must be recognized that his ‘service before self ’ mentality and actions provided the only possibility of the incident having a different result,” said Brian Edwards, GRDA Assistant General Manager of Lake Operations and Homeland Security.
Both officers also received a commendation for their role in the swift water rescue of occupants from flooded residents, west of Welch on May 1, 2012. The duo worked alongside the Centralia Volunteer Fire Department. The waters were dangerously swift in places, and it was dark, windy and still raining. Several trips were made to rescue seven adults, five children and five family dogs.
“We are grateful for the heroism shown by our GRDA Police officers on a daily basis. The example set by these two officers exemplifies the GRDA and its commitment to service,” said GRDA CEO/Director of Investments Dan Sullivan. “We are grateful that the incidents involved did not cause any harm to our officers. I am very happy that the OSPOA has recognized both Officers Brown and Cox for their actions.”
With the summer boating season just around the corner for GRDA’s Grand and Hudson lakes, Brown, Cox and the rest of GRDA’s officers are gearing up to patrol the waters, promote safe boating and proper life jacket usage. Remember: “boat safe, boat smart and boat sober” is an important tip to keep in mind anytime you head to the lake.
For more information on GRDA lakes, or the GRDA Police Department, visit us online at grda.com.
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