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North Las Vegas Police Department recognizes employees with award ceremony

NLVPD 2020 awards ceremony
Posted at 1:59 PM, Jan 21, 2021
and last updated 2021-01-21 18:41:04-05

The North Las Vegas Police Department recognized more than two dozen employees during the department's annual awards ceremony Tuesday evening.

Police Chief Pamela Ojeda and NLVPD leadership honored employees and civilians for their remarkable contributions to the North Las Vegas Police Department and the community during the annual event. This year, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the ceremony was held with command staff and award recipients only.

The ceremony is an opportunity for the department to highlight the extraordinary actions of individuals, ranging from lifesaving heroic deeds to selfless acts of service to each other. Many officers display dedication to providing excellent service in difficult circumstances.

The following is a highlight of some of the awards recipients:

-Appreciation Award - Councilwoman Pamela A. Goynes-Brown

In recognition of her support for the mental well-being of North Las Vegas Police Department officers.

- Lifesaving Award - Sergeant Michael Eggers and Officer Michael Tomasello.

Sgt. Eggers and Officer Tomasello were recognized for their swift actions in saving a suicidal woman. On March 12, a woman was threatening to jump from a bridge over I-15. She was standing roughly 40 feet high above traffic when she let go of the fence. The officers were able to reach through the chain link fence to pull her back.

Despite heavy rain, they effectively pinned her against the fence and continued to hold on until NLVFD could get a basket under the woman and safely get her down.

- Police Unity Tour Award - Chief Pamela Ojeda, Lieutenant Barney Brucken, Sergeant Michael Eggers, Detective Jim Hudson, Detective Sean Sprague, Officer Brian Godkin and Officer Matthew Fox.

These staff members participated in the Police Unity Tour to help raise awareness of law enforcement officers who have died in the line of duty and to raise funds for the National Law Enforcement Officer’s Memorial.

The department honored 29 people in total for the awards