Luke Davis was recognized last week for his daring action that helped Platte County Sheriff’s deputies apprehend a man suspected of leaving the scene of a dangerous accident.
Timothy McCoy was praised for helping authorities arrest a burglar who broke into a Platte County residence.
Last week, the Platte County Sheriff’s Department recognized those two men and several other persons as outstanding citizens. Three Parkville police officers also were honored for assisting the department on various efforts. The event was held last Wednesday at the Platte County Administration Building.
Sheriff Richard Anderson has said the awards are designed to recognize citizens and fellow law enforcement officers who perform tasks worthy of the public’s attention.
The Sheriff’s Department began the recognition about three years ago, although the awards were not presented last year, Anderson has said.
This year’s recipients were:
•Mark Malony of A&M Printing, who was recognized for his support of the Sheriff’s Department Kid Print Program. Malony has supplied the department with Kid Print fingerprint cards at no cost. The items were used at public safety and community events over the past 10 years.
The Kid Print program enables deputies to fingerprint children on a Kid Kit card at various community events. The card is given to a parent to attach a photo of their child so that the picture and print record can be used by authorities if their child is missing.
•Luke Davis was recognized for helping capture a suspect who fled the scene of an injury accident on Feb. 23, 2008. The suspect had run into a wooded area north of the accident scene. The deputies arrived and searched the area but were told that Davis, a tow truck operator, had located and apprehended the suspect.
Deputies soon showed up and found Davis detaining the suspect at gunpoint. The suspect reportedly approached Davis, who was inside of his vehicle.
•Timothy McCoy helped authorities capture James Vielbig, who was considered a dangerous felon.
On Feb. 11, 2008, McCoy was returning home when he saw a man wearing a stocking cap and carrying a bag walking down a road in rural Platte County.
McCoy arrived home and realized his residence had been burglarized.
While his wife called the Sheriff’s Department, McCoy got into his vehicle and drove back to the area to find the man he had just seen. McCoy later spotted the person running down a nearby road and duck behind a residence.
McCoy ran after the suspect and was able to detain him at gunpoint until sheriff’s deputies arrived. Deputies found two loaded handguns on the suspect.
Vielbig was later charged and convicted of burglary and stealing. He is currently serving 38 years in prison.
•Lynn Jordan was recognized for her support and assistance to a tactical operation on Dec. 28. Jordan is the wife of Parkville Sgt. Jon Jordan and co-owner of Growing Places Day Care.
Jordan had opened her day care center at 4 a.m. to allow the Sheriff’s Department to use a command post during an Operation 100. Two suspects were arrested, and multiple weapons were recovered.
Sgt. Jon Jordan and officers Timothy Heiman and Aaron Spring of the Parkville Police Department were recognized for their participation in a tactical operation that occurred on Dec. 27.