Chattanooga’s finest awarded for going above and beyond the call of duty

CHATTANOOGA, Tennessee -(WDEF) Despite recent national news about police officers being accused of wrongdoing, several local police officers in Chattanooga were recognized for their heroic acts of bravery in the face of danger.

Several distinguished officer and civilian police employees and their families packed into the Chattanooga State Humanities Auditorium for an afternoon of recognizing Chattanooga’s finest.

One of the most touching and memorable moments happened when Officers, Clayton Homes, Brandon Herring and Darrell Turner were joined on stage by both the the child they saved and that child’s mother.

"Thanks to this quick action by theses officers and this sergeant, baby Zoey is alive today and she’s standing here with us," said CPD Communications Director Kyle Miller who was telling the audience why the officers were receiving a Life Savers Award.

Earlier this year, baby Zoey was shot inside a College Hill Courts apartment. The trio of officers rushed the toddler to the hospital in a police squad car. Their quick thinking saved her life.

Later in the program, Officers Caleb Brooks, Harry Horton, Trevor Creighton and Daniel Francis were awarded for saving three people who were trapped inside a burning home.

"It’s a real honor to be recognized. It’s not the reason why we do do the job; we do the job to serve the community and keep our streets safe. At the same time, it’s nice to be recognized when you are able to go out there and do something to help somebody," said Officer Francis.

Officer Colton Krumrie received the Patrol Officer of the Year Award.

"It means the world to me because it was voted on by my peers and my supervisors and so it’s nice to be recognized," Krumrie said.

Recognizing officers for going above and beyond the call of duty is something the public hasn’t heard much of in recent months. In fact, the narrative has been the opposite thanks to protest scenes in places like Ferguson Missouri, New York City  and Baltimore. But chief Fred Fletcher told WDEF those scenes should never reflect all police, including officers in his department.

"It’s important that we as a department and we as a community take time to honor those sacrifices, risk and contributions that officers make; even if they don’t seek that recognition," Fletcher said.

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