Spokane Police Department Medals
Down these mean streets an Officer must go,
who is not mean, who is neither tarnished nor afraid.
THEY ARE THE HEROES.
They must be complete, and common, yet show an unusual quality.
They must be men and women of honor, by instinct, by inevitability,
without thought of it, and without saying it.
They must be the best citizen in this country,
and a shining example to all.
The Medal of Valor
The Medal of Valor is the highest recognition of achievement presented by the Spokane Police Department. The Medal of Valor shall be awarded to department employees who distinguish themselves with extraordinary acts of bravery or heroism above and beyond that which is normally expected in the line of duty. Employees must have displayed extreme courage by placing their own safety in immediate peril in the pursuit of their duties.
2010: Sergeant Jason Hartman
2003: Ron Voeller
2002: Chris Lewis, Larry Evans
2001: James Erickson, Shane Oien, Rick Dobrow
1994: Tracie Meidl, Marc Wheelright
1993: Jeff Harvey
The Medal of Merit
The Medal of Merit shall be awarded to department employees who distinguish themselves by meritorious achievement. The meritorious achievement can be for a single exceptional act or a series of actions completed in order to accomplish a difficult project or program that brings credit upon the department either internally, externally or both.
2012: Shannon Hallam, Randy Lesser
2011: Jeff Barrington
2010: Terry Preuninger, Stacey Carr
2009: Theresa Giannetto, Dan Ervin, Brad Moon
2007: Tom Chapman
2006: Dean Draper, Nate Spiering, Paul Taylor, Kim Thomas, Gene Baldwin,
Jim Christensen, Jake Jensen, Kevin Keller, Stephanie Kennedy,
Mark Griffiths, Shawn Kendall
2005: Randy Lesser
2004: Kim Thomas, Dennis Walter
2003: Jerry Mertens, Sandy Richards, Mike Fetcho, Jan Pogachar
2002: Gene Baldwin, Alan Edwards, John McGregor, John Stanley,
Troy Tipke, Phil Bergin
2001: Kevin King, Elise Robertson, Larry Saunders, Larry Erickson
2000: Jim Earle, Al Quist, Dick Losh, Bill Schaber
1999: Ron Erickson, Harry Kennedy, Jack Pearson, Gary Warren
1998: Rex Olson, Tom Chapman, Kurt Vigesaa
1997: Jim Muzatko
The Lifesaving Medal
The Lifesaving Medal shall be awarded to department employees who, by their immediate actions, have saved a human life under unusual and/or extraordinary circumstances. The action must have been personally performed by the employee. The life-sustaining action must be confirmed by a competent authority.
2012: Steve Braun, Paul Carpenter, Rob Boothe, Benjamin Yinger, Todd Brownlee, Marie Rosenthal
2011: Mike McCasland, Holt Widhalm
2010: Shaidon Storch, Rhian Wilkinson, Darrell Quarles, Jay Kernkamp, Jeff Graves, Dan Lesser, Dave Kennedy, Officer Tim Moses, Officer Barry O'Connell, Corporal Dave Beckley, Officer Steve Arredondo, Officer Mario Juarez
2009: Frank Erhart, Nick Lundgren, Elina Gee, Paul Carpenter, Holton Widhalm, Ben Green, Alexis Kester, Tim Moses, Robbie Dashiell, Kevin King, Mell Taylor
2008: Danny Lesser, Cory Lyons, Nick Geren, Brian Eckersley, Gene Baldwin, Sean Wheeler, Chris Bode, Marie Rosenthal, Bob Collins, Derek Bishop
2007: Derek Bishop, Dustin Howe, Stephanie Kennedy, Tracie Meidl, Barry O'Connell, Trammell Taylor, Troy Teigen, Ron VanTassel, Ron Voeller
2006: David Beckley, Zack Dahle, Gordon Ennis, Frank Erhart, Jamie Pavlischak, Mike Russo, Jon Strickland, Ben Yinger
2005: Kevin Keller
2004: Dave Overhoff
2003: "JC" Collins, Erin Raleigh
2002: Matt Cowles, Karl Thompson
2001: Mike Carr, Tyler Cordis
1999: Dan Cole, James Erickson, Kevin King, Shane Oien, Doug Scott, Dan Waters
1997: Ernie Wuthrich
1996: Jon Strickland
The Silver Star
The Silver Star shall be awarded to department employees who have displayed courageous actions, which were above and beyond that which is normally expected of an employee. These acts of courage do not rise to the level of the voluntary risk of life requirements for the Medal of Valor, but are displays of exemplary acts of bravery.
2012: Tim Madsen, Christopher McMurtry, David Overhoff
2010: Jerry Anderson, Chris Douville, Chris Johnson
2009: Glenn Bartlett
2006: Max Hewitt
2003: Marc Wheelwright, LCHS Shooting - Troy Teigen, Brad Hallock, Jon Anderson, Paul Lebsock, Bill Marshall, Bill Schaber, Mike Fetcho, Mylissa Coleman, Larry House, Ralph Weir, Russ Coffman, Dan Waters, John Gately, Nate Spiering, Stephanie Kennedy, Kevin Keller, Alan Edwards, Colin Conway, Reserve Ofc. Tom Barber
2002: Ray Harding, Rich Meyer, Intermodal Shooting: Dan Torok, Phil Lasswell, Mel Taylor, Shawn Kendall, Keith Cler, Alan Edwards, Kevin Vaughn, Gene Baldwin, Jason Uberuaga, Aaron Ames, Brian Eckersley, Dustin Howe, John Stanley, Dan Waters
The Purple Heart
The Purple Heart shall be awarded to department employees who receive a wound or injury of a degree necessitating hospitalization or the immediate care of a physician. This injury must be of a serious nature capable of causing death or extended disability. To qualify for this award, the wound or injury must have appeared to have been caused by the deliberate actions of another in an attempt to cause injury to the employee or some other person, thing, or property; or in the attempted apprehension of said person; or in an attempt to save a human life placing oneself in immediate peril.
2009: K-9 Var
2008: Terri Boardman
2006: Rick Dobrow
2001: Tom Lee
1997: Chris Lewis
The Chief's Citation
The Chief's Citation shall be awarded to the members of a team or unit for participating in an incident, event, or series of events or project, which has a substantial positive impact on the community or the police department. The incident, event, or series of events or project will be superior in nature and further the department's mission and overall effectiveness.
2012: Jerry Anderson, Major Crimes Unit, K-9 Unit
2011: Explosive Disposal Unit (EDU)
2010: Property/Evidence Facility
2009: PIO Team, RMS Name Combine Team, Records Division, GangNet Team
2008: Vertical Staffing Communications Team
2006: Hostage Team
2007: Special Investigative Unit (SIU)
2004: SWAT, Patrol Team 2, Police Radio
2003: Sexual Assault Unit, Traffic Unit
2002: Major Crimes Unit
The Distinguished Service Medal is awarded to employees who have demonstrated outstanding sustained and exemplary performance along with diligence and devotion to duty. The performance should exceed normal demands required or expected over an extended period of time. Recipients must have at a minimum, ten years of service with the Spokane Police Department to be eligible for this award. Additionally, employees may only be considered at a minimum of every ten years after the initial award of the DSM. This time requirement is in keeping with the spirit of the award being given for service "over an extended period of time."
2012: Chris Crane, John Gately, Bill Hager, Gordon Grant, Tramell Taylor
The Community Service Medal is awarded to employees for an act or achievement in the community beyond the normal call of duty which brings credit to the Spokane Police Department or the City of Spokane. Such act or achievement has come about due to voluntary action for which the employee received no compensation.
2012: Tony lamanna, Mike McNab, Nick Lundgren, Tim Moses, Justin Lundgren
Employee of the Year Award
Employee of the Quarter
The Employee of the Quarter Award is given for a specific act of unusual meritorious service; a specific project of significance to the community, city, or department; or for sustained superior performance of assigned duties. From the four Employees of the Quarter, the Employee of the Year is chosen.
1st Quarter: Kevin Keller
2nd Quarter: Kiley Friesen
3rd Quarter: Rob Chiappe
4th Quarter: Matt Cowles
City of Spokane Employee of the Month
August 2011: Alisha Grow
June 2011: Gordon Grant
May 2011: Shawn Pegram
March 2011: Holt Widhalm
November 2010: Sue Mann
October 2010: Tom Michaud
July 2010: Traci Douglas
February 2010: Brian Eckersley
February 2009: Mark Burbridge
April 2009: Teresa Fuller
June 2009: Ryan Shaw