Two officers recognized at city commission meeting

( L-R) Brown Co Sheriff's Deputy Richard Rockwell and Hiawatha Police Officer Lorenzo Mendez, who received Awards of Valor last month, were recognized during Tuesday's Hiawatha City Commission meeting/Credit: Hiawatha Police Dept/MSC News

(KNZA)--Two law enforcement officers were recognized at the Hiawatha City Commission meeting Tuesday evening for their bravery during a very dangerous situation last year.

Hiawatha Police Officer Lorenzo Mendez and Brown County Sheriff's Deputy Richard Rockwell were presented with Bronze Awards for Uncommon Valor from the Kansas Association of Chiefs of Police during a ceremony last month.

Commissioner Dave Middendorf, who presided over the meeting, read a statement explaining that Officer Mendez was dispatched to a Hiawatha residence last year where an individual, who was armed with handgun, was making serious threats to himself and others.

Mendez engaged in conversation with the individual in an attempt to diffuse the situation. Deputy Rockwell arrived to provide backup assistance. The two officers worked together talking with the distraught individual, who eventually gave up his weapon.

Middendorf said the incident ended peacefully with no injuries to any of those involved as a result of the officers bravery and teamwork.

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