MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — They risk their lives every day to protect us, and on Thursday members of the Minneapolis Police Department were honored for their dedication.
The best of the best in the Minneapolis Police force received awards at a ceremony Thursday for everything from saving a boy from going over Minnehaha Falls to consoling a teen after his family blamed him for the sudden death of his grandfather.
A group of Minneapolis and Minneapolis Park Police officers received a life-saving award for helping a suicidal woman. Back in September 2013, the officers found the woman already hanging over the rail of a bridge on Interstate 94.
The officers held onto the woman for about 15 minutes before using their own belts to hold her, while another talked to her, trying to calm her down. They ultimately saved the woman’s life, but officers said it’s all in a day’s work.
“I guess it’s just part of doing the job. I didn’t think I was doing anything special that day. Somebody needed help and I was in the position to be able to help her,” said Minneapolis Police Sgt. Rick Doll.
“Some of the officers that were assisting us took off their under belts, tied them under the bridge stack and under her leg and helped us secure her to the bridge,” said a Minneapolis Police officer.
Minneapolis Police Chief Janee Harteau handed out 60 awards Thursday to officers, civilian employees of the force and citizens.