On January 12th, 2021 Whitehall Police Officers responded to the 5300 block of E. Main St. for a report that a possible suicidal male had just jumped off the bridge over the Big Walnut Creek. Upon arriving in the area, officers located a 35-year-old male in the water of the Big Walnut Creek. At the time of the call, it was 25 degrees. The male was located in the water and partially on the rocks. Officers entered the water and began life saving measures on the victim. Officers stayed with the victim in the water for nearly five minutes until EMS could arrive and transport him to the hospital.
Deputy Chief Dan Kelso stated, “These three officers braved the cold water and administered life saving measures to the victim. Their efforts were a direct result in the victim being alive before being transported to the hospital.“
On February 17th, 2021 these three officers were notified of the award, Ptl. Stonerock #104, Ptl. White #105, and Ptl. Mcgee #109. They will be receiving further recognition at an awards banquet to be set at a later date.