JEFFERSON CITY— Gov. Jay Nixon has awarded the Missouri Medal of Valor to seven public safety officers for actions taken last year. It is the highest law-enforcement honor in the state.
The recipients are:
- George Ball of the Dent County Sheriff's Office and Steve Lawhead of the Fort Leonard Wood Police Department. They pulled to safety a woman and dog who had fallen through ice on a lake.
- Cody Dunfee of the Highway Patrol. Dunfee guided other officers to safety even though he had been shot while attempting to arrest a man wanted for murder.
- Larry Ellard of the Warrenton Police Department, who rescued a suicidal man from the edge of a highway overpass.
- Chris Harris of the Highway Patrol, who stopped an armed motorcyclist in a high-speed chase east of Jefferson City.
- Isabella Lovadina of the St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department. She was shot several times while struggling with a gunman during a robbery.
- Timmy Shoop of the Highway Patrol. He swam underwater to pull a man from a submerged vehicle in the Middle Fork branch of the Chariton River.