Law enforcement and firefighters receive American Legion awards – The Daily Evergreen


Seven officers received humanitarian and life-saving awards for their response to the September shooting, saving one person who jumped from a bridge


The American Legion presents an award to five police officers for their heroism in the September College Hill shootings at the March 29 Pullman City Council meeting.

Jerry Coker and Ted Weatherly, Commanding Officer and Warrant Officer of the Pullman Police Department, presented the American Legion awards honoring first responders at the Pullman City Council meeting Tuesday night.

Whitcom supervisor Jamie Keller received the award for 911 Operator of the Year. Keller began working at the Whitcom Regional Dispatch Center in 2005 and quickly exceeded expectations, Whitcom’s executive director wrote in her nomination.

The executive director appointed Keller because of her willingness to work extra shifts and flexible hours, as well as her ability to work on a dispatch basis.

Reserve firefighter Nate Richardson was honored as Paramedic and Emergency Technician of the Year.

Pullman Fire Chief Mike Heston named Richardson for his work at the WSU and University of Southern California football game Sept. 18. After being approached by a choking student, Richardson performed the Heimlich maneuver and diffused the situation, Heston wrote in his nomination.

The Firefighter of the Year award went to firefighter and paramedic Steven Potratz-Lee for his work in organizing the reserve fire academy.

Seven people received humanitarian and lifesaving awards.

Pullman Police Officer Brian Chamberlin was the first recipient for his work in rescuing a citizen who jumped off a bridge. Chamberlin pulled the citizen back over the railing by the rope tied to him, as appointed by Pullman Police Chief Gary Jenkins.

Officer Shane Emmerson, Sgt. Todd Dow, Officer Luv St. Andre, College Hill Officer Garrett Willis and Officer Ruben Harris received the Humanitarian and Lifesaving Awards for their work when responding to a noise complaint in September, a writes Jenkins in his nomination.

While responding, officers heard what sounded like 15 gunshots. They were able to find both victims and effectively diffuse the situation, according to Jenkins’ appointment.

Officer Brock Westerman received the latest Humanitarian and Lifesaving Award for his work in response to a traumatic injury where he applied a tourniquet to the individual at the scene, Jenkins wrote in his nomination.

St. Andre and Harris also received Medals of Valor for their work when they responded to the September shoot. The two provided first aid when they arrived at the scene and put the safety of others above their own, Jenkins wrote in his nomination.

Willis received the Officer of the Year award. Jenkins nominated Willis for the initiative he took in providing training and equipment and his willingness to accept the role of College Hill officer.


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