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Police Officers receive the Life Saving Award

by Amber McDown

Five Minden police officers received the Life Saving Award this week for rescuing a critically injured young man. 

The officers had been dispatched to investigate a gunshot on January 10th. When they arrived, they found a youth had been shot in the neck. The young man was in dire threat of “bleeding out” so the officers applied pressure to the injury and got him to the hospital in a squad car—more quickly than an ambulance could have arrived. 

“They did a really good job that night,” said Chief of Police, Steve Cropper. The Chief believes that the officers’ first aid efforts and their decision to transport the young man to the hospital certainly saved his life. 

“Five MPD officers worked together as a team and went above and beyond the call of duty to preserve the life of a juvenile who suffered a life threatening gunshot wound to the neck area. Their bravery and quick action, in all likelihood, saved a life,” said Minden Police Association’s Facebook post. “They bring great credit upon themselves, the Minden Police Department, and the City of Minden.”

Congratulations and thank you to CPT Morris, CPT Morgan, LT Young, OFC Griffith, and OFC Cayer for your unparalleled service to the citizens of Minden.

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