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February 26, 2014

Officers honored

Corsicana — Three Corsicana Police officers who faced fire from a gunman who eventually committed suicide were honored Wednesday by the City of Corsicana.

Cpl. Scott Tidwell and Officers Michael Self and Allen Crawford were named “Officers of the Year” for their actions during a June 1, 2013 overnight incident on the city’s southside.

Corsicana Police Chief Randy Bratton read the commendation at Wednesday’s ceremony that also saw “Employee of the Year” honors go to Joy Hargrave, a dispatcher with the department.

Bratton said the actions of the three officers “demonstrated courage and professionalism while under life threatening conditions.

“On June 1, 2013, at approximately 1:30 a.m., each of you responded to the 900 block of Cottonwood Circle in reference to an intoxicated subject at that location that had discharged a handgun and had been threatening suicide. Each of you arrived on scene at the same time and immediately confronted the subject holding a handgun outside a nearby mobile home. Cpl. Tidwell ordered the subject to drop the handgun and Officers Crawford and Self covered him with their handguns.  Instead, the subject first pointed his handgun at his own head and then aimed and fired his handgun twice at Cpl. Tidwell, nearly striking him. Fearing for Cpl. Tidwell’s life, Officers Crawford and Self then fired their handguns at the subject, striking the subject. As the officers were returning fire, the subject committed suicide.”

Tidwell has been with the Corsicana Police Department for 14 years. Crawford is a four year veteran, and Self has served in the CPD for two years.

All three officers will also be recognized at the annual banquet of the 100 Club of Navarro County, a local group that supports law enforcement, slated for March 27. That group voted Monday to also name the three as its “Officers of the Year.”

Hargrave’s selection as “Employee of the Year” also complimented her professionalism on the job. In her nomination for the honor, Assistant Chief Ron McGaha praised her performance and her interaction with the public.

“Joy is an extremely professional person on the radio when talking to our officers as well as other officers in the county,” McGaha wrote. He said Hargrave has also volunteered to attend a dispatch trainer school so she could assist training new communication operators.

A large group of family and friends gathered with the honorees to congratulate them and celebrate with them.

Several officers and employees received special commendations during the ceremony, including Debbie Piel, property and evidence technician; officers Shelby Lytle and Kris Waltrowski; detectives Kenneth Dunagan and Garrett Harrell; and Det. Michael Ray, who received a meritorious service award and a ribbon and coin in recognition of 30 years of service. Cpl. Paul Jock was also honored as the Officer of the Quarter for the fourth quarter of 2013. Det. Mike Perry was named recipient of the Physical Wellness award.

Awards for length of service were presented to five-year employees Jordan Bauer, Jessica Abbe, Kenneth Dunagan, Kris Waltrowski, Kenneth Darby and Justin Abreu; 10 years, Debbie Piel; 20 years, Paul Ward and Sean Eggleston; 25 years, Mark Nanny; and 30 years, Rex Givens.

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