Emotional Police Dept. ceremony honors outstanding service; STGnews Videocast

ST. GEORGE – Members of St. George’s public safety departments converged for an awards ceremony Tuesday evening at the St. George Children’s Museum to recognize outstanding performances and acts of valor from the past year.

The ceremony commenced with a few words from St. George Police Deputy Chief Rich Farnsworth, who reminded the audience of some of the harsh realities of the job.

“Currently, there are more than 20,500 names engraved on the walls of the National Law Enforcement Officer’s Memorial,” Farnsworth said. “We gather tonight not only to honor the service of the officers that have been killed in the line of duty, but to celebrate the daily contribution to society that officers make around the country each day.”

The Zion’s Bank hostage situation of September 2014 was recounted, and those who played fundamental roles in bringing the hostages home safely were awarded for their heroism.

St. George Police Chief Marlon Stratton was overcome with emotion recounting the events of that day.

“We’ve had a challenging year,” Stratton said. “We’ve had many situations and circumstances that have really tested us as police officers.”

St. George Mayor Jon Pike closed out the ceremony by reading the poem “Angel in Blue” and expressed his and the city’s gratitude for the service of the St. George public safety departments.

“I want you to know, again, how proud I am of our police force,” Pike said. “Thank you for letting us be in the same room with you.”

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