Dozens of Allen Police officers, staff members and volunteers were celebrated on April 3 for making Allen a safer place to live.
Allen Police presented Team Excellence Awards to officers involved in three harrowing situations:
Life Saving Bars were presented to six people involved in four live-saving events:
The Certificate of Merit was awarded to Sgt. Steven May, who was dispatched to Texas Health Allen on reports of a suicidal patient. He arrived to find the man holding a knife in the hospital parking lot, asking that officers shoot him. Sgt. May remained calm and eventually convinced the man to discard his knife. The man was taken into custody without incident.
Other awards included:
The annual Police Department Awards Ceremony also recognizes individuals who achieve professional certifications and meet milestones for safe driving.