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Emergency responders honored

Monday, January 31, 2011

The Monett City Council recognized emergency responders who conducted a water rescue during a recent high rain event. Shown from left, are: Monett Mayor Jim Orr, reading the proclamation in the men's honor; firefighters Shane Anderson and Randall Prock; Police Officer Jerry Harrison; and firefighter Lance Allcock. [Times Photo by Murray Bishoff]
The City of Monett recently honored five people for exceptional service to the community. Their efforts all continued to the public safety of Monett.

Police Sergeant Jerry Harrison and firefighters Shane Anderson, Lance Allcock and Lieutenant Firefighter Randall Prock were honored for their efforts involving a water rescue on the evening of Nov. 24, 2010.

Disregarding their own safety, the four worked to rescue a woman and her dog trapped in a vehicle in high, fast-flowing water.

"The actions portrayed by these officers represent the courage of our trained police and fire department employees and their selfless determination to protect and serve our community," said Mayor Jim Orr.

"We are proud to commend these employees for this demonstration of their trained professions, and the individual compassion displayed in the execution of their duties," continued Orr.

Also honored was Sarah Jarvis, a reserve officer for the Lawrence County Sheriff's Department and a Monett Middle School employee, who intervened in a stabbing that took place on Dec. 6, 2010, near Dutch Maid Laundry on Cleveland Street in Monett.

Jarvis saw an individual with a knife chasing another person and, according to Monett's Chief of Police Tim Schweder, "intervened in a forceful way," apprehending the subject and detaining him until law enforcement officials arrived.

Jarvis was honored for those efforts by Schweder and Crime Stoppers Chairman John Strong.

"This is our community, and I'd do it again in a heartbeat," Jarvis said.

Commendations were presented to all five individuals at the regular monthly meeting of the Monett City Council on Jan. 20.

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The Cole's heart Jerry Harrison!

-- Posted by CherylCole on Tue, Feb 1, 2011, at 6:49 PM

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