Six law enforcement officers received the Idaho Medal of Honor for performing with exceptional courage and bravery while protecting the public.
Idaho Governor Brad Little presented the medals today, May 15, in a ceremony at the Idaho State Capitol.
“I was honored to present the Idaho Medal of Honor to six exemplary law enforcement officers for their extraordinary acts of valor and heroism,” Little said on Twitter.
(State of Idaho photo)
The six are:
- Officer Kyle Mikowski, Meridian Police Department;
- Sergeant Carlos De Leon, Jr., Ada County Sheriff’s Office;
- Deputy David Anderson, Ada County Sheriff’s Office;
- Deputy Derek Beardall, Ada County Sheriff’s Office;
- Deputy Michael Geisel, Ada County Sheriff’s Office; and
- Deputy Vishal Sahni, Ada County Sheriff’s Office.
“They showed tremendous courage in the face of danger to themselves and others,” Idaho Attorney General Lawrence Wasden said in a statement. “They, their families and their communities should be very proud to have these men don law enforcement badges every day. I commend each for their bravery and thank them for their exemplary service.”
All five Ada County Sheriff’s deputies received the award for their response to a 911 call on September 27, 2017 for a prowler and possible home invasion at a rural Meridian home. The deputies initiated a rescue attempt of the victims trapped inside and two residents were pulled to safety.
On July 1, 2018, Mikowski was shot in both legs when pursuing an individual who had a warrant out for his arrest. Mikowski returned fire, resulting in the suspect’s death. The officer then self-applied a tourniquet to his wounds and assisted responding personnel in finding his location.
The Idaho Legislature created the Idaho Medal of Honor in 2004. It is the state’s highest honor for law enforcement officers, firefighting professionals and emergency medical service providers.
Posted May 15, 2019