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St. Louis Park City Council recognizes award of valor recipient

Post Date:May 22, 2019 11:29 a.m.

Medal of valor presentationAt its May 20 regular meeting, the St. Louis Park City Council recognized St. Louis Park Police Officer Jacob Erickson, who received the award of valor at the annual police department meeting. The award of valor is awarded to an individual who, conscious of danger, intelligently, and in the furtherance of public safety, distinguishes themselves by the outstanding performance of an act of gallantry and valor at imminent hazard to life, above and beyond the call of duty or routine humanity.

On July 5, 2018, officers responded to a reported assault involving a knife. While dispatchers and officers assisted the victim to safety and relayed essential information, Officer Jacob Erickson and others approached the front of the house. When a man charged toward the officers with a knife, Officer Erickson used his shield as a defensive weapon and incapacitated the man. This allowed him to be disarmed before being taken for medical care and evaluation. The team of emergency responders on scene agreed that Officer Erickson’s bravery and handling of the shield when confronting the knife-wielding man prevented the use of deadly force while also ensuring the safety of officers.

Pictured are (left to right) St. Louis Park Police Chief Mike Harcey, St. Louis Park Police Officer Jacob Erickson and St. Louis Park Mayor Jake Spano.