A few of Mendota Heights' finest will receive recognition
tomorrow morning at the third annual Dakota County Chiefs of Police Association
2012 awards breakfast.
The awards recognize work done by officers around Dakota County in 2012.
"It's the third year we've presented an award to members of Dakota County law enforcement," said Dakota County Sheriff Dave Bellows. "The actions being recognized reflect just a portion of the great work being done on a daily basis throughout our Dakota County communities."
A pair of Mendota Heights officer and his West St. Paul
colleague will receive an Award of Honor. Bobby Lambert of Mendoat and Tomas
Barucks of West. St. Paul were part of a team who, in January of 2012, helped
respond to a suicidal man in Inver Grove. The award will be presented by the Chiefs
Officer Tanner Spicer of Mendota will receive an Award of
Honor for his role in assisting a man who was suicidal on an Interstate 35
Bridge in October 2012. Spicer was key in the six-hour standoff, showing
compassion, calmness and an ability to relate to the man, the Chiefs Association
The Citizens Award of Excellence will be presented to Pastor Jim Bzkoskie, who has served as the chaplain for Dakota County Jail for more than 34 years.
Other awards will be presented to officers from Burnsville, South St. Paul, West St. Paul, Rosemount and Inver Grove Heights.
The banquet is set for 8:30 a.m. Friday, Sept. 13 at Mendakota Country Club in Mendota Heights.