Thursday, August 21, 2014
Chief Rountree will present the Winston-Salem Police Department's Medal of Valor to Police Officer Michael P. Moore on Thursday, August 21, at 9 p. m. in the Public Safety Center Auditorium.
The Medal of Valor is presented to officers who performed in a manner that far exceeded department standards, and; performed unselfishly without regard for personal safety, and; prevented an eminent loss of life or serious injury.
On May 04, 2014, Officer Moore and several other officers responded to 4118 Whitfield Road to assist the Winston-Salem Fire Department with a house fire. A caller advised there was a fire at the residence, and she could hear the female resident inside the house screaming.
Officer Moore was the first emergency responder on the scene and found the residence to be engulfed in flames. A neighbor advised Officer Moore the female resident was still inside and screaming. The neighbor further stated she had heard an "explosion."
Officer Moore approached the house and could hear the resident screaming from inside. Officer Moore climbed a fence in the yard to reach a door on the end of the house.
Officer Moore entered the house and found the resident standing inside screaming hysterically and unable to move, apparently paralyzed with fear. Officer Moore was unable to convince the resident to leave the house.
Fearing another explosion, and the rapidly growing flames, Officer Moore grabbed the resident and dragged her from the house. Once in the yard, Officer Moore had to kick down a portion of the fence in order to get the resident away from the house. Officer Moore and another officer were able to get the resident across the street and out of danger as the Fire Department arrived to fight the fire.
The resident was transported to Wake Forest Baptist Hospital where it was determined she had been uninjured by the fire, but was in need of insulin.
Had it not been for Officer Moore's immediate response, and unselfish act of entering a burning building to rescue the resident, she likely would have been seriously injured or killed by either the fire/smoke, or from a diabetic episode.
With Officer Moore's heroic action that far exceeded departmental standards, and saved the life of a citizen of Winston-Salem, it is Chief Rountree's honor to present Officer Moore with a Certificate of Commendation and the Winston-Salem Police Department's Medal of Valor.
2nd Quarter Above and Beyond Awards
Each day, the men and women of the Winston-Salem Police Department engage in outstanding work that is vital to the safety and general well-being of the city. At times, our officers and non-sworn employees go well beyond the scope of their daily duties or perform in a manner that is exemplary and “Above and Beyond” what is expected of them. It is important that those acts be recognized and applauded.
All nominations for the Above and Beyond Award have been carefully considered for the second quarter of 2014 and the following personnel have been selected:
Officer C.J. Morgan
Officer Claudia Morgan is assigned to the Community Resources Unit. She is in charge of both the Citizens Police Academy and the Youth Police Academy. She is the VIPS (Volunteer in Police Services) and the United Way coordinator for the department. Officer Morgan oversees many Crime Prevention and Educational programs for citizens and other city departments. However, Officer Morgan’s true passion is the Special Olympics Program.
Officer Morgan began working with Special Olympics in 1993. Throughout the years Officer Morgan has volunteered at the Special Children's School, been involved with the North Carolina Law Enforcement Torch Run. She continues to coach cheerleading and floor hockey for Special Olympic athletes. Officer Morgan is always a leader in raising funds for Special Olympics and for raising awareness for this worthy cause.
Special Olympics is administered through the City of Winston-Salem Parks and Recreation Department with the support of the Police Department. While serving as the coordinator of Special Olympics our department has consistently been in the top four fundraising departments statewide. Under the leadership of Officer Morgan the Winston-Salem Police Department was the top fundraiser in the state in 2013, raising over $60,000.00 for Special Olympics.
In 2012, Officer Morgan was inducted into the North Carolina Law Enforcement Torch Run Hall of Fame for her outstanding commitment and dedication. She received the Kernersville Mayor's Council for People with Disabilities Award as Volunteer of the year in 2013.
Officer Morgan spends countless hours raising awareness and funds for Special Olympics Athletes. During the first four months of this year Officer Morgan has already coordinated the Polar Plunge, Cops vs Docs Hockey Game, and coordinated two statewide Special Olympics. She assisted her Special Olympics Cheerleading Squad while they competed at the Battle of the Beach competition at Myrtle Beach. Her squad was awarded as the National Champion Squad this year.
In 2014, Officer Morgan was elected to serve as the Associate State Director for the North Carolina Torch Run for Special Olympics. This year alone Officer Morgan has been responsible for raising over $53,000.00 for Special Olympics while still performing her other duties. Many of these hours are off duty and on a volunteer basis. Officer Morgan also mentors three other law enforcement agencies with their Special Olympics programs.
Officer Morgan's dedication and collaborative efforts has led to the successful outcomes of the Special Olympics program which has enriched the lives of those involved. In addition to Officer Morgan’s time spent with community events she has continued to maintain a high standard within her regular duties.
Officer Morgan is to be commended for her exemplary work and dedication to the community and citizens we serve.
Officer L.C. Leak
In 2009, The Winston-Police Department implemented the School Resource Officer Program. Officer Leak is one of the original School Resource Officers. She is assigned to Wiley Middle School. Officer Leak demonstrates the ability to positively influence those around her. Her dedication and professionalism is readily apparent, and creates an environment that fosters learning.
Officer Leak is a dedicated SRO, who thoroughly enjoys her assignment and has great interaction with the faculty and staff at this location. Officer Leak had the desire and initiative to design a “Happy” video, which was filmed at her school. This video was approved by school administration with the cooperation of the teachers, school workers, students, and fellow SRO’s. It clearly shows how SRO’s can bridge communication gaps with students, and positively influence/interact with them.
In addition, it is a clear example of how working relationships between two different entities (WSPD/WSFCS) can focus on reaching a common goal. The goal was to promote a fun and friendly educational program, promoting the concept of teamwork.
Officer F.M. Doyle and Sgt. K.K. Krawczyk
On 04-13-2014, Officer Doyle responded to a vehicle accident. This accident involved a vehicle that had collided with the residence. The involved vehicle was being towed when the tow bar broke releasing the vehicle which collided with the house. Due to the extensive damage the home was rendered unsafe and could not be occupied.
The family did not have any family or friends they could stay with and as a result were going to be out on the street. Sergeant Krawczyk and Officer Doyle, realizing the dire situation this family was in, decided to provide them a free hotel room for two nights. This compassion and desire to take action goes above and beyond their duties.
Sergeant Krawczyk and Officer Doyle went “Above and Beyond” what is expected of them during the normal course of their duties. The consequential efforts are a testament to their hard work and the mission of the department.
Corporal B.B. Sisk and Officer A.R. Korn
On 05-03-2014, Officer Korn was dispatched to a consignment store. The victims in this investigation had located numerous items stolen from a rental home they own.
During the course of Officer Korn's investigation, the District Attorney's office released the items back to the victims. However, the victims did not have a way to get the items back to the residence. The victims were elderly and unable to physically move the items. Officer Korn and Corporal Sisk went above and beyond their call of duty to assist these victims. They transported the stolen items back to the residence for the elderly couple.
As a result of their teamwork and collaborative efforts these officers exhibited the “One Team” attitude that is a testament to the Service Excellence mission of the Winston-Salem Police Department and the City of Winston-Salem.
Officer R.P. Bullis
On 06-29-14, Officer R.P. Bullis investigated a rape case involving a deaf female victim. The suspect stole all of the victim’s money. The victim was transported to the hospital to be treated.
While receiving treatment, the victim believed they would assist her with getting an out of state bus ticket.
Officer Bullis had ended his tour of duty and went home for the day. He was notified by evening shift officers that hospital personnel had taken the victim to the bus station and dropped her off without supplying her with a bus ticket.
Upon receiving this information, Officer Bullis immediately put his uniform back on and responded to the WSTA bus station. He was informed that the last Greyhound bus was scheduled to depart at 1830 hours. Officer Bullis purchased the bus ticket for her utilizing his personal funds (The ticket was approximately $195).
Officer Bullis used great care and assisted her with getting on the bus just moments before it was scheduled to leave. Officer Bullis performance is a credit to his professionalism and to the police department. His compassion and dedication to help the victim was a great act of kindness and represent the “Above and Beyond” spirit for which this award is intended.
As a result of their teamwork, diligent efforts and dedication to duty these officers were able to bring these investigations to a successful conclusion.
Thank you for all you do, and all you continue to do.
Barry D. Rountree
Chief of Police