The Examiner, Independence, Mo.
The decision got here to Blue Springs police at about 2:40 a.m. April 9, 2020.
The lady calling in stated she had tied a rope round her neck and was fascinated with leaping off her house balcony.
Communications Officer Zach Cobb is the one who took the decision. He promised to speak together with her till officers arrived. He advised her every part could be OK, he assured her that she had worth, and he advised her she had performed the best factor by calling.
As the 2 developed a rapport, he acquired her to take away the rope simply earlier than officers arrived. Police Chief Bob Muenz stated Cobb’s fast pondering and communication expertise had been essential in saving the lady’s life.
For these life-saving efforts in a span of lower than three minutes, Cobb was given an award for heroism — together with dozens of others who additionally had been honored — eventually Thursday’s First Responders Recognition & Awards Luncheon. The occasion is organized by the Blue Springs Chamber of Commerce. Sponsors included the chamber, St. Mary’s Medical Middle, Blue Ridge Financial institution & Belief, and The Examiner.
The occasion in 2020 was delayed due to the pandemic, so awards got protecting two years of actions.
Blue Springs Detective Carolina Yeager was cited for dedication. She works with victims of home violence and was nominated by Hope Home.
“She understands the hazards of home violence-ridden relationships and the dynamics of abusive habits and the way that impacts purchasers and their participation within the system in addition to reaching out for assist,” Muenz stated.
Blue Springs Det. Reed Kotake, a army veteran concerned with the First Responder SAFETY mission of HeroFundUSA and presently on the Metropolitan Cyber Crimes Activity Drive, was given an award for neighborhood service. Inspector Marc Stigall visits each faculty within the Central Jackson County Fireplace Safety District to bolster “lifelong risk-reduction classes” and was given an award for neighborhood service.
Others had been cited for heroism in dire conditions. BSPD Officer Tiffany Briggs and CJC Captain Samuel Murphy utilized tourniquets to the arm and leg of a badly injured motorcyclist earlier than EMTs arrived. BSPD officers Chris Madland and Anthony Corona saved the lifetime of a 15-year-old lady who had handed out in a bath, was respiration slowly and had no pulse. Captains Kyle Ralston and Josh Sidebottom of the Southern Jackson County Fireplace Safety District saved somebody trapped in a truck on its aspect after a collision with a prepare.
Among the many winners for heroism:
—Firefighter/paramedic Ryan Brinkman, Central Jackson County Fireplace Safety District.
—Engineer/paramedic Jeff Gale, CJC.
—Firefighter/paramedic Caleb Volmer, CJC.
—Firefighter/paramedic Nathan Neske, CJC.
—Dispatcher Robert Vaughn, Kansas Metropolis Fireplace Division.
—Captain Kyle Ralston, Southern Jackson County Fireplace Safety District.
—Capt. Travis Bloomingdale, SJC.
—Engineer Matthew Ferguson, SJC.
—Captain Josh Sidebottom, SJC.
—Firefighter/paramedic Lucas Pilgrim, SJC.
—Firefighter Ryan Miller, SJC.
—Captain Steve Wilson, SJC.
—Engineer Chad Carpenter, SJC.
—Communications Specialist Jami Davis, Lee’s Summit Fireplace Division.
—Communications Specialist Grant Oetting, Lee’s Summit Fireplace Division.
—Communications Officer Zach Cobb, BSPD.
—Officer Trent Epperson, BSPD.
—Officer Kyle Sanderholm, BSPD.
—Officer Amber Murray, Lake Lotawana Police Division.
—Sgt. Garrett Butz, Lake Lotawana Police Division.
—Officer Anthony Corona, BSPD.
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