The Paris Police officially welcomed two policemen and one police dog to their department Thursday at a badge pinning ceremony.
Officers B.A. Middleton and Cody Logsdon received their badges along with Cupa, the department’s K9 officer.
“That piece of metal is a symbol of authority in our entire criminal justice system,” said Chief Bob Hundley, saying the department only hires about one in 12 applicants.
“We place a tremendous amount of responsibility and trust, and a large amount of accountability on these officers when they’re hired. Their slightest action when they’re dealing with our citizens can lead to life-changing events for those people. We don’t take that lightly. We’re selective because we have to be,” he said.
Joseph Nelms also received a new badge after recently being promoted to Captain. Nelms will oversee 42 other officers in his new position.
“This is a new badge you’re going to get, and I’m afraid it’s a lot heavier,” Hundley said to Captain Nelms.
City Manager John Godwin presented a Life-Saver Award to Officer Curtis Graham.
On Feb. 9, 2016, officers and first-responders were dispatched to an auto-pedestrian accident on Bonham St.
One of the victims who was struck by a car had a “nearly severed” leg, Hundley said.
“Officer Graham dropped his gun-belt in the front yard of this house, ripped off his trouser belt and improvised a tourniquet on this man’s leg,” Hundley said, saving the man from bleeding to death.
These Officers, (by) going above and beyond the regular performance of their duties, (and) providing for the safety and rescue of this individual from a structure fire (and) thereby preserving that person’s life, are awarded a Life-Saver Award for the Police Department and the City of Paris,” Paris Chief of Police Bob Hundley said.
Sgt. Robert Milton and Lt. Raymond Moss were also recognized with Officer Graham for a separate incident in which their actions saved the life of another Paris citizen.
When the East Garden Apartments burned down in August, Paris police assisted with the evacuation efforts.
As the apartment filled with smoke, Officer Graham was inside a resident’s room who had mobility issues.
“This is where I’m really proud of how these guys could think,” Chief Hundley said.
“Going through the front door wasn’t an option, because of the smoke and where the fire was,” he said.
So the officers decided to go through the window. They broke the window, and Officer Graham moved the resident over to the window ledge.
“Sgt. Milton gets down on all fours– there’s not an easier way to say it– with his butt up against the wall. And they literally take this lady and lay her out on (Milton’s) back,” Hundley said.
They got the resident over the windowsill, and with Milton as a “human wheelbarrow,” they moved her to safety.
“These Officers, going above and beyond the regular performance of their duties, providing for the safety and rescue of this individual from a structure fire, thereby preserving that person’s life, are awarded a Life-Saver Award for the Police Department and the City of Paris,” Hundley said.