Gladstone police officers recognised for their dedication
AS far as Superintendent Glenn Kachel is concerned, the Gladstone Police are a good crew.
"I've worked all over the state and as far as the police district goes, the body of personnel I have are one of the most dedicated and motivated groups I have ever worked with," he said.
The efforts of more than 30 local police officers were recognised yesterday at a Queensland Police Service Awards ceremony at the Gladstone PCYC.
Superintendent Kachel said the awards took place roughly twice a year to recognise the commitment the officers had to the community.
Sergeant William Johnson received special recognition for performing beyond normal expectations in acts of exceptional bravery.
He was awarded the Commissioner's Commendation for Bravery for restraining an offender armed with a compound bow and knife who was threatening police in Clinton in 2010.
"I don't see myself as doing anything exceptional," Sgt Johnson said.
Sgt Johnson saw the man loading a compound bow and arrow at the rear of a house and drove his vehicle toward the man, to obstruct the line of fire.
He approached the man and was warned the man had a knife behind his back. He deployed a taser which incapacitated the man.
Sgt Johnson said it was an honour to receive the award but his actions were all part of the job.
Also receiving an award was Senior Constable William Dowden, who received the Assistant Commissioners' Certificate (Operational).
Earlier this year at a Banana truck stop on the Leichhardt Hwy, Snr Const Dowden saw an elderly man lying behind a car on a driveway.
He realised the man was not breathing.
Snr Const Dowden carried out first aid and began CPR while an ambulance came from 22km away, but the man passed away.
He felt mixed emotions receiving the award.
"It's nice to get recognition but it's unfortunate about the circumstances," he said.
Five Gladstone officers were awarded the Assistant Commissioner's Certificate (Operational) for their outstanding service.