Mesquite first responders honored by Knights of Columbus

L-R: Mesquite Deputy Chief Scott Taylor introduces Sgt. Tracy Fails, Officer Justin Perry, Officer Taylor Bundy, Det. Gary Erickson, Det. Wyatt Oliver and Corrections Officer Joey Musser, who were honored by the Mesquite Council of the Knights of Columbus, Sept. 11, 2017 | Photo courtesy of the Mesquite Police Department, St. George News

MESQUITE — The Mesquite Council of the Knights of Columbus on Monday honored several of the city’s police officers and fire inspector at its annual First Responders Appreciation Ceremony and Commemorative Service. The service was held at the Mesquite Catholic Church.

The Knights of Columbus hosts the service each year on Sept. 11 to commemorate the lives lost during the terrorist attacks in 2001, as well as honor the first responders in Mesquite.

Mesquite Deputy Chief Scott Taylor speaks at the Mesquite Council of the Knights of Columbus, which honored six police officers at its annual First Responders Appreciation Ceremony and Commemorative Service, Sept. 11, 2017 | Photo courtesy of the Mesquite Police Department, St. George News

Six Mesquite police officers were recognized for their outstanding service to the community. They are Sgt. Tracy Fails, Officer Justin Perry, Officer Taylor Bundy, Det. Gary Erickson, Det. Wyatt Oliver and Corrections Officer Joey Musser. The award stems from an incident where all six were involved in taking two dangerous suspects into custody following a vehicle pursuit and a foot pursuit.

Fire Inspector Ralph Alario was also recognized for being Mesquite Fire Officer of the Year.

Police officials expressed their appreciation to the Knights of Columbus, as well as all of the local clergy members from various local religions who attended and provided heartfelt messages regarding the tragic events of Sept. 11, 2001.

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