Tuesday night, Seattle Police chief Gil Kerlikowske and Mayor Greg Nickels thanked Seattleites who they say provided an outstanding benefit to others or are heroes who helped in police incidents.
Among them were Ed Konek and Tod Knivila, who earned awards for detaining a felon who had attacked a police officer.
On April 22, officer Linda Cook was punched in the face by a man who she was detaining after he had been kicked out of a Ballard bar. Koneck and Knivilla chased the man and grabbed him, holding him until Cook could put him in handcuffs, police said.
Officers learned the man was wanted on a Department of Corrections felony escape warrant and was armed with an 8-inch fixed-blade knife.
Police said their story was one of many they wanted to recognize.
Here is the complete list of winners, followed by paraphrased Seattle police statements about each.
NOTE: Name spellings provided by Seattle police.
Outstanding Citizen Award recipients
– Capt. Mike Washburn closed his nomination of Heavner – a man who asks tough questions of elected officials and police commanders – by saying “I am proud to be associated with Jack and thank him for his leadership on the North Precinct Advisory Council.”
– The principal and assistant principal at Ingraham High School have worked with Seattle police to address school safety and neighborhood issues.
– Manskopf is the coordinator of a state grant to address underage drinking and has brought together community leaders to help youth in Northeast Seattle.
– The security manager for Northgate Mall worked with North Precinct officers to improve procedures. He is credited with keeping a shooting earlier this year from escalating inside the mall.
– Mutal was being recognized for his assistance in an investigation that resulted in the arrest of a felony fraud suspect.
– Franklin saw a pharmacy burglary and helped alert officers who arrested the suspect, who later confessed. Franklin also gave a strong witness statement.
– Johnson was recognized for tireless efforts to support public safety in the International District.
– Holden was recognized for outstanding efforts and assistance in a car prowl he witnessed. The incident ended with an arrest.
– Two burglars were apprehended thanks to a tip from Wedman, saw them near her home.
– The downtown workers helped police in the investigation of a smash-and-grab robbery at Barney’s.
– Founders of Central District News, their blog’s “police scanner” feature is second-to none, relaying information to residents about dispatched calls officers are dealing with in the area.
– Tompkins watched drug activity in his neighborhood and e-mail details to police. Officers followed up and arrested five and seizing more than $17,000 in drugs.
– The group provided lifesaving first aid on a Metro bus until medics could help a collapsed man.
– Jones was honored for his involvement in the capture of an armed-robbery suspect.
– Since Biondo took over as manager of the Lake Washington Apartments 911 calls from the complex have diminished by well over a half, and crime has there has decreased.
– The South Seattle resident has been very active in his community and instrumental in the Safer Street for South Seattle Project.
– The 13-year-old showed courage to identify a suspect who was later arrested for driving a stolen vehicle.
– Madaio found a lost child on a busy West Seattle arterial and stayed with him for two hours while officers did an extensive search for the boy’s parents.
– Coleman provided lifesaving assistance to a Seattle police administrative assistant who was injured in a gate malfunction.
– Their reporting on the West Seattle Blog has gained the trust and credibility of West Seattle citizens, been informative and shown the personal side of West Seattle officers.
– The divers helped recover a body from Lake Washington, aiding Seattle police and bringing closure to the victim’s family.
– Neguse has been energetic in fostering partnerships between Seattle police and local East African communities.
– Due to her efforts, the Seattle Office of Emergency Management has been able to tap into the social network of seniors in West Seattle, furthering its outreach efforts in teaching emergency preparedness.
– Cindi Barker has been the catalyst for emergency planning in West Seattle as well as a member of the Southwest Precinct Advisory Council.
– The members of the Magnolia/Queen Anne Emergency Planning Committee developed a district Disaster Response Plan.
– The pair fostered Wallingford community involvement in emergency planning efforts, helping community planning efforts.
– For two years Stading supported the Seattle Police Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear Explosives Unit in deployment and operations of chemical and radiological detectors.
–The men were instrumental in allowing Seattle police to use Qwest Field for a Department of Homeland Security Archangel/Automated Critical Asset Management System training course.
– He helped an injured rider get help and protect his motorcycle after an accident last year on the Interstate 5 express lanes.
– Waltrip showed distinction while a joint operation among Seattle police, the Secret Service and the Federal Reserve Board moved currency from the Federal Reserve Bank.
– McCaulney provided long-standing support and volunteer service to Seattle police.
– The former Seattle police sergeant came out of retirement to work with the K9 unit as consultant and trainer.
– The Mayflower Hotel staff provided a buffet and rest place for officers during the Torchlight Parade.
Heroism Award recipients
– The Seattle Central Community College security officers helped Seattle police when an officers’ gun came loose while a man was being arrested around a hostile crowd.
– Starr was honored for his quick thinking at Swanson’s Nursery last December. Police say the night janitor there smacked a robber with a door and held him down while calling police. Officers believe the man would have escaped if not for Starr’s action.
– On April 22, officer Linda Cook was punched in the face by a man who she was detaining after he’d been kicked out of a Ballard bar. Koneck and Knivilla chased the felon and grabbed him, holding him until Cook could put him in handcuffs, police said.
– The group saved the lives of a driver and passenger in a car that had burst into flames after hitting a tree.
– The West Seattleites chased a purse snatcher who attacked a woman, recovered the goods and gave vital investigation information to police.
– Eisenhauer incurred injury when he protected a blind woman in a bus attack. “Had it not been for Mr. Eisenhauer’s selfless actions,” Capt. Steve Brown said, “the blind victim would have surely sustained more serious injury.”
– The men chased and captured a convicted felon in a car prowl.
– The Burger King manager confronted two men believed to have attacked an unresponsive and vulnerable woman.
– Stopped a man from attacking a woman and held the suspect until police arrived.
– Sawyer disarmed a suspect in a knife attack and his quick action saved the victim’s life.
– The Pike Place Market security officers apprehended a man who had attacked a woman at a bus stop and held him until Seattle police arrived. Officers found the man they stopped was wanted for sexual assault.
– Also Pike Place Market security officers, the pair stopped a sexual assault and held the suspect until police arrived.
– Tran-Nguyen witnessed a purse snatching and assault and followed the attacker. He gave the man’s license plate information to officers, who arrested the attacker who was wanted in a series of assaults.