WLU Campus Police Officer Honored with Silver Star for Courageous Actions


On Sept. 12, West Liberty University Police Officer, Michael Makris, was called to a situation that could have gotten ugly, but his ability to think quick and stay calm results in a reward he was humbled to receive.

 Faculty and staff met in the Boyle Conference Room at West Liberty Wednesday in part for a surprise presentation for the Officer who was able to keep his wits while dealing with a potentially deadly situation as he closed in on a vehicle.

“When I received the call that there was a subject that had a gun, stalking a student I responded,” said Makris. “On the way to the call dispatch told me there was a gun involved.”

The situation is one he had been trained to handle, and knew he had to proceed with caution, but act quickly to ensure the safety of everyone involved.

“Officer Makris knocked the gun out of his hand, removed the individual from the car and forced him to the ground and cuffed him,” said WLU executive vice president, John Davis.

Wednesday his coworkers lured the officer to a presentation where he received the Silver Star for Bravery, something he said he never expected but is esteemed to get.

“It’s an honor to be for the fact that my captain and fellow officers think that much of me and the staff, Jim Stoltz, John Davis, and the president, but I was just doing what I was trained to do,” Makris said.

The Silver Star for Bravery award has only been issued to 23 officers this year and this is the first time since 2012 that an officer from West Virginia has received the recognition.

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