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Posted on: May 11, 2018

Redmond Officers Honored with Medals of Valor

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[caption id="attachment_234" align="aligncenter" width="525"] Chief Wilson, Sgt. Bollerud, Officers Cork, Mitchell and Barros (left to right) after Chief Wilson awarded four Medals of Valor for extraordinary heroism.[/caption] Redmond Police Chief Kristi Wilson had the honor yesterday of awarding Medals of Valor to four Redmond police officers for going above and beyond the call of duty. This is the first time this medal has been awarded at the Redmond Police Department. On May 19, 2017 Sergeant Jesse Bollerud, Officers Arman Barros, Christine Mitchell, and Aaron Cork responded to an Education Hill residence in regards to a call that a woman had just set her home on fire in an attempt to commit suicide. Upon arrival the officers heard a smoke alarm sounding and detected a smell of smoke from inside the residence. The woman spoke to the officers through the door but refused to open it for them. After numerous attempts to have the woman voluntarily open the door Sergeant Bollerud forced the door open and he, along with Officers Cork and Mitchell, entered the smoke filled home. Upon entering, they found the woman seated in a chair in an upstairs living room and refusing their commands to exit the home. The three of them had to overcome the woman's physical resistance to remove the woman from the home while the fire grew. While Officers Cork and Mitchell stayed with the woman outside of the home, Sergeant Bollerud reentered the home along with Officer Barros to search for other occupants and to ensure the scene was safe for firefighters to enter and extinguish the fire. Sergeant Bollerud, Officers Barros, Mitchell and Cork disregarded their own safety to forcibly enter a smoke filled home to save the life of a woman who was attempting to commit suicide by burning down her home with her in it. It is our honor to present the Medal of Valor for extraordinary heroism at imminent risk of serious bodily injury, demonstrating courage through voluntary actions, in an extremely dangerous situation.

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