Police Department Issues Commendations

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October 25, 2018


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Jim Hughes
Chief of Police




(Kirksville, MO)  On Thursday, October 25, 2018, the Kirksville Police Department formally recognized one officer with a Distinguished Service Ribbon, and five officers Letters of Commendation for “Exemplary Individual and Unit Performance,” for their selfless actions on the night of September 19, 2018.


In the late evening hours of September 19, 2018, the Kirksville Police Department responded to a call of a missing three-year-old child on West Gardner Street. The responding unit included Sergeant Luke Bachman, Officer Jason Underwood, Officer Nicholas Panos, Officer Jake Roberts, and Officer Ashley Davis. The unit took quick action and Officer Underwood began searching the wooded area to the west of Spur Pond. As additional emergency services arrived to assist in the effort, an officer across the water on the east side of Spur Pond spotted the missing child entering, and disappearing into, the water. Officer Underwood acted quickly, entering the water from the west bank of Spur Pond, and rescued the missing child, who was almost completely submerged with only his hand sticking above the water.


For his exemplary individual performance in saving the life of the child, Officer Underwood has been awarded the Kirksville Police Department’s Distinguished Service Ribbon. For their exemplary unit performance in assisting with this effort, Sergeant Bachman, Officer Panos, Officer Roberts, and Officer Davis have received Letters of Commendation.


“It is a privilege to recognize Officer Underwood, and the other officers and emergency responders, for their actions that resulted in saving a young child’s life,” said Police and Fire Chief Jim Hughes. “This is yet another example of how local first responders, as well as those across the country, routinely work collaboratively behind the scenes on behalf of our communities.”


Video of the incident, recorded by Officer Underwood’s body camera, can be viewed on the Kirksville Police Department’s Facebook page at: www.facebook.com/KirksvillePoliceDepartment/ 


The Kirksville Police Department was assisted by the Kirksville Fire Department, Truman State University Department of Public Safety, Missouri State Highway Patrol, Adair County Sheriff’s Office, and the Adair County Ambulance District.


Anyone with information regarding this press release, or any other law enforcement matter, is encouraged to contact the Kirksville Police Department at 660.785.6945, Central Dispatch at 660.665.5621, Adair County Sheriff’s Office at 660.665.4600, or anonymously at 660.627.BUST (2878), or email police@kirksvillecity.com.




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