TOLEDO, OH (WTOL) - Many eyes teared up as seven officers from police departments around our area received various awards for going above and beyond in the line of duty. These awards honor their commitment to courage, service, and sacrifice.
"When I see Jason go down, my heart sunk, yes, but I couldn't think of anything more to do than to start rendering assistance to him right away," said Toledo Police Sergeant Matthew Ayers.
Last November, Toledo Police were searching a home when Detective Jason Picking was shot in the face. Sergeant Ayers leapt into action.
Ayers relied on his training as a medic in Iraq to save his friend and partner. He said he was just doing his job.
But his presenter says otherwise:
"Whenever something exceptional happens, policemen will say "I was in the right place at the right time. This instance that happened on Caroline [Avenue] was when the right person was in the right place at the right time," said Jim O'Bryant, retired assistant chief of Toledo Police.
The Hall of Fame Ceremony honored officers from Oregon PD, Genoa PD, and the Ohio Department of Public Safety to name a few.
Another honoree explained why he thinks events like these are significant:
"It's always inspirational to hear these stories because on a daily basis, officers do great things, and they don't make the news, they don't really get appreciation, and it's just a part of the job," said Charles Humes, Jr., retired Toledo Police sergeant.
This is the Law Enforcement Officer Hall of Fame's second year hosting an awards ceremony like this.
Since last year, attendees have doubled in size. If you know an officer who has gone above and beyond in the line of duty, you can nominate them year-round for next year's awards here.
Nominees can be active, retired or deceased. An independent panel of judges selects the awardees.
Below is the full list of awardees:
- Distinguished Service Award – Deputy Director, Retired Earl D. Mack, Jr, Ohio Dept. of Public Safety
- School Resource Officer of the Year – Officer Sara Shaw, Oregon Police Department
- Never Forgotten Award – Deputy Sheriff Ethan Collins, Fairfield County, Ohio
- Courage in Service Award – Sergeant Matthew Ayers, Toledo Police Department
- Career Achievement Award – Chief Brad Weis, Genoa Police Department
- Career Achievement Award – Detective Scott Frank, Bowling Green Police Department
- Lifetime Achievement Award – Retired Sergeant Charles E. Humes, Jr, Toledo Police Department