Several law enforcement officers from our area are being recognized for their bravery.
The Virginia Association of Police Chiefs honored nine officers during a banquet in Norfolk.
Anita Sowyers, Doug Graham, and Ryan Martin of Martinsville were honored along with Berry Sossoman Jr. from Danville.
The four of them are pictured here, standing in the back row.
The Valor award recognizes officers who perform an act of "extraordinary heroism while engaged with an adversary".
Here is the full press release:
NINE VIRGINIA LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICERS
RECEIVE VACP/VPCF AWARDS FOR VALOR
The Virginia Association of Chiefs of Police on September 27, 2011 presented nine Virginia law enforcement officers from four agencies with the Association’s highest honor, the Award for Valor. The awards were presented at the Valor Awards Banquet at the annual conference of the Virginia Association of Chiefs of Police, held this year at the Waterside Marriott in Norfolk, Virginia. The awards program is a joint effort of the Virginia Association of Chiefs of Police and the Virginia Police Chiefs Foundation.
The Award for Valor recognizes a law enforcement officer who, in the line of duty, performs an act of extraordinary heroism while engaged with an adversary at imminent personal risk. Officers receiving the 2011 Awards for Valor are:
Chesterfield County Police Department
Sergeant Jason A. Seamster
Officer First Class David E. Ickes, Jr.
Officer Collin Griffiths
Auxiliary Officer George M. Laffoon
Auxiliary Officer Kenneth T. Roeber
On January 15, 2011 at 4:45 pm, Officer Griffiths, Ickes and Laffoon and Sgt. Seamster responded to a residence in Chesterfield County on an attempted suicide call. The man was located inside the residence, unresponsive on the dining room floor, with two 30-gallon propane tanks spewing propane gas into the residence. The man’s wife could not be located and it could not be determined if she was in the residence.
Sgt. Seamster decided to enter the residence and formed a rescue plan with his officers. As Officer Ickes opened the front door to ventilate the residence, the man was observed getting off of the floor and into a chair. As Officer Laffoon, Officer Griffiths, and Sgt. Seamster entered the residence to retrieve the man, he grabbed a fully-loaded pistol that was sitting on the table in front of him. Sgt. Seamster removed the gun from the man’s hand while Officers Laffoon and Griffiths restrained David and removed him to the front yard. Officers Ickes and Roeber also entered the residence and assisted in removing the man, who had lost consciousness again.
As firefighters entered the residence to neutralize the propane tanks, the propane gas ignited and started a gas fire inside the residence.