Three Wheeling Police Officers were honored by the National Association of Police Organizations at the May 14th Annual TOP COPS Awards Ceremony in Washington, D.C.
According to a press release, Officers Ryan Moore, Harry Myers, and Robert Scott each received an honorable mention award for their heroic efforts during a vehicle crash that caught fire in March 2017.
The driver was unconscious behind the wheel, with his foot on the gas pedal, when officials arrived.
The truck caught fire from the intense heat of the wheels spinning.
Officer Moore smashed open the driver’s side window and cut the driver’s seatbelt, but the victim’s feet had become entangled in the seatbelt.
Patrolman Scott assisted in pulling the man to safety.
Officer Myers and a nearby resident performed CPR on the driver, who didn’t have a pulse.
The driver was taken to the hospital and later recovered.
“Officers Moore, Myers and Scott went above the call of duty…The community should be proud to have them on our force,” said Police Chief Shawn Schwertfeger in a press release.
The TOP COPS Awards aim to educate the American public about the nation’s heroes, and to pay tribute to law enforcement officers in federal, state, county, tribal, and local agencies who went above and beyond the call of duty during the preceding year.
The three officers join two other WPD officers who received TOP COP honors.