DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) – The six Dayton police officers who responded to the Oregon District shooting have received the Outstanding Peace Officer of the Year award from the Ohio Prosecuting Attorneys Association.
Montgomery County Prosecutor Mat Heck, Jr. nominated the officers in November, and a committee announced the decision last week.
During a luncheon in Columbus Thursday, the officers received a standing ovation from prosecutors across Ohio.
“We’re proud that we were able to do such a good thing at a bad time,” said Sgt. W. Chad Knight, one of the six officers who took down the Oregon District gunman. “And I thank God every day I had the guys I have with me right now. They’re the best in the world.”
On behalf of the group, Sgt. Knight thanked the Ohio Prosecuting Attorneys Association for the award.
“This is a great honor,” he said. “Thank you very much for bringing us up here, especially since we do work so closely with you guys every single day.”
“It’s…this type of bravery that’s exhibited by police officers, especially these officers, every single day, as they routinely face danger in order to protect us and our communities,” Heck said.
Police Chief Richard Biehl also praised the six officers, as well as all the nearly 100 officers who responded that night for saving countless lives.
“We are deeply appreciative of their efforts, their leadership, their courage in taking the action they did, is representative of a community of police officers who do this day in and day out,” Chief Biehl said.
The six officers who were honored are:
Sgt. W. Chad Knight