Two members of the Roeland Park Police Department were recognized recently for acts of extraordinary valor.
The Metropolitan Chiefs & Sheriffs Association awarded a Life-Saving Award to Officer Bernard L. Egidy and a Bronze Award to Cpl. Robert G. Mason.
The two officers were honored at an association ceremony last month at the Argosy Casino in Riverside.
“I am proud of what all the police officers in my department do every day,” said Roeland Park Police Chief Rex Taylor. However from time to time, officers do something that stands out and is not run-of-the-mill police work. It is good to recognize them for that, Taylor said.
Egidy was awarded the Life-Saving Award for saving a life by performing CPR on an unresponsive prisoner on June 30.
The prisoner had been driving a truck stolen in Overland Park. Egidy found the truck and when he tried to pull it over, the driver jumped out and ran. The man was found hiding in bushes. Egidy arrested him and had him checked out by emergency medical personnel. The man, however, refused to be taken to a hospital. So Egidy took him to the police station.
When he arrived, his prisoner was unresponsive without a pulse. Egidy performed CPR and the prisoner was taken to a hospital, where he recovered.
Mason was awarded the Bronze Award for arresting robbery and aggravated battery suspects on June 7.
Mason heard a dispatcher notify officers of a robbery that had occurred in Olathe, including the description of the getaway car and suspects.
Mason, a known jokester, told a detective that he was going to be right back — that he was going to arrest the suspects.
A few minutes later, Mason advised the dispatcher that he had the suspects stopped and he needed additional officers. Olathe detectives confirmed the people in the car were suspects in the robbery.
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