Officers recognized for heroism during house slide

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Award winners Officer Montgomery, Corporal Whitaker and Officer Lyles

Three Bellevue police officers received the 2022 Axon Rise award, honoring them for their exemplary performance during the house slide in January. Corporal Joseph Whitaker, Officers Clayton Lyles and Michael Montgomery received recognition for entering the damaged home and rescuing the residents and their pet. View their story here.

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Corporal Whitaker, Officer Lyles and Officer Montgomery following the rescue

“We are very proud of these officers who risked their own safety to ensure the homeowners got out the house safely,” said Major Mark Tarantino. ” While they would tell you it was all in a day’s work, I believe it shows our officers’ courage, dedication, and commitment to serve Bellevue.”

In early March, the public was asked to vote for the Rise Award winner. The Bellevue community rallied to ensure Corporal Whitaker and Officers Lyles and Montgomery were recognized. The trio received the award during the Axon Accelerate conference in Arizona. Axon is a network of devices, apps and people that helps public safety personnel become smarter and safer.

 Congratulations, Corporal Whitaker and Officers Lyles and Montgomery!

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