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Valdosta Police promotes three officers and honors Life Saving, Purple Heart Awards

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Posted at 1:03 PM, Mar 06, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-06 13:03:27-05

VALDOSTA, Ga. (WTXL) — The Valdosta Police Department honored thirteen officers during a Promotions and Awards Ceremony on Wednesday.

Valdosta police say city officials, employees and citizens gathered to honor the dedicated service of the outstanding men and women who make up the city’s police force.

“This group of officers demonstrated the skills and discipline needed to be effective leaders,” said Chief Leslie Manahan, Valdosta Police Department. “I am certainly proud to have them as members of the city’s police force.”

The full list of promotions celebrated at the ceremony are listed below:

Life Saving Award

  • Sergeant Brad Ingram
  • Detective Paul Garland
  • Officer Brandon Durrance
  • Officer Alexander Scheib
  • Officer Shaun Jones
  • Officer Ryan Willis

Purple Heart Award

  • Captain Brent Johnson

Promotion to Captain

  • Captain Earl Durrance, 32 years of service

Promotion to Lieutenant

  • Lieutenant J.B. Jones, 19 years of service

Promotion to Sergeant

  • Sergeant Travis Kiser, 4 years of service

Lifesaving Award: Sergeant Brad Ingram, Detective Paul Garland, Officer Brandon Durrance, and Officer Alexander Scheib
On January 5, 2020, these four officers were instrumental in assisting a citizen who appeared to be attempting to end their life. These four officers worked in tandem to give verbal commands, distract, and contain the citizen without harm to anyone. The citizen was transported for medical treatment and survived.

Lifesaving Award: Officer Shaun Jones and Officer Ryan Willis
Officer Jones and Willis responded to S. L. Mason School on November 21, 2019 in reference to a Code Blue. Upon arrival a school age child was found to be with no respirations or heartbeat after a choking incident. Officer Jones made efforts to make sure the airway was clear and then started rescue breathing. Officer Willis quickly arrived and joined in on giving compressions as Officer Jones continued the rescue breathing. The student was transported to SGMC and later was stable enough to be life-flighted to Tallahassee, Florida. Subsequently the child passed away a few days later. However, the life sustaining actions taken by our officers was instrumental in allowing the child’s parents, who were in New York at the time of the incident, to see him while he was still alive. SGMC Paramedics confirmed the CPR given by the officers was crucial in the child’s initial survival.

Purple Heart Award: Captain Brent Johnson
Captain Brent Johnson received a serious injury to his right arm during a physical encounter with a wanted offender. Captain Johnson was attempting to detain a person who had an arrest warrant when the suspect began to fight and struggle with him. During the struggle, the suspect was grabbing at Captain Johnson’s gun belt. Captain Johnson subsequently took the suspect to the ground to gain better control of him. At that time, Captain Johnson’s elbow struck the pavement, and he sustained an injury. The struggle continued for several minutes until backup arrived, and the offender was handcuffed. Captain Johnson received an injury resulting in a fracture to his right elbow area and the need for surgery to repair his broken bone and torn tendons. This injury occurred during the course of duty as Captain Johnson was attempting to place a wanted felon in custody.