General Life Saving Awards
Officer Ric Engle
Officer Jeffrey Buckner
Officer Aaron Williams & Officer Jason Russell
K-9 Officer Steven Meador
Sgt. Traci May & Officer Celtain R. Batterson
Sgt. Bryan Churchwell
July 16 Life Saving Awards
For the recovery of injured Petty Officer Randall Smith
Officer Benjamin Piazza
Officer Christian Mullinix
Officer Edward Buckman
Sergeant Chad Sullivan
Lieutenant Craig Joel
Officer Jeremy Eames
Officer Shane Lawson
Officer Chad Rowe
For the recovery of Officer Dennis Pedigo Jr.
Officer Curtis Morris
Officer Sean O’Brien
Officer Lucas Timmons
Officer Ty Cooper
Officer Steve Wiertel
Officer Barry Vradenburg
Officer Jason Randall Wood
Officer Jennifer McCoy
Officer Michael S. Smith
Source: Chattanooga Police Department
Chattanooga police honored about 75 officers for various achievements and accomplishments on Thursday during the department's annual awards ceremony at Calvary Chapel on Broad Street.
Officers and civilians were recognized for everything from pulling a man from a burning building to providing exceptional leadership in the wake of the July 16, 2015, terrorist-inspired attacks.
Many of those who accepted awards did so for actions on and after the July 16 attack. Police Chief Fred Fletcher gave nine officers life-saving awards for helping to pull Officer Dennis Pedigo out of the line of fire after he was wounded during the attack.
Another eight officers were recognized for helping U.S. Navy Petty Officer Randall Smith escape the attack after he was shot multiple times. He later died at a hospital.
U.S. Navy Chief Charlie Barba spoke during the ceremony. He said he and another person helped care for Smith in the moments after the 26-year-old was mortally wounded. They were huddled in a small office.
"It wasn't until [Chattanooga police] arrived that we began to feel safe," he told the crowd.
Officers were also recognized for performing life-saving CPR, yanking a suicidal woman down from the edge of a bridge, pulling a child away from a man armed with a gun and keeping a person with a deep cut in the wrist from bleeding to death.
"Today is one of my favorite days of the year," Fletcher said. "To celebrate the heroism of officers that goes above and beyond the everyday heroism."
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