Dallas Police Chief David O. Brown presented various departmental awards on Monday, August 3, 2015, at 2:00 p.m. The presentation was held in the Donald A. Stafford Media Conference Room on the 2nd floor of the Jack Evans Headquarters at 1400 S. Lamar Street.
The following awards were presented:
Service Pins 20+ years
Medal of Valor
Below is a synopsis of each nomination letter composed for the various awards.
On January 2, 2014, at approximately 1:45 a.m., Sergeant Jason Scoggins, #7814, Officers Robert Wilcox, #7950, Derrick Evangelista, #9155, and Manuel Ortiz, #10289, demonstrated exceptional bravery and courage in their actions involving a deadly force situation that resulted in a shootout with a suspect. All four officers were in imminent danger of serious bodily injury or even death; however, all four officers voluntarily encountered the suspect while he was shooting a handgun at them. For more details, see the attached nomination letter below.
On Tuesday, August 11, 2014, at approximately 10:30 a.m., Senior Corporals Dale Lundberg, #5260, Kevin Gladden, #8856 and Officer Jose Garcia, #10643, responded to a call regarding a cutting. Upon arrival, officers observed one male and one female suffering from obvious injuries. As the first officer to arrive, Senior Corporal Gladden was directed toward the suspect who had possession of a knife. Senior Corporal Gladden willingly entered into an extremely dangerous situation, with disregard for his own safety, and confronted an armed and hostile suspect. Senior Corporal Gladden’s voluntary actions also diverted further harm and possible death to the victims by drawing the armed suspect away from the crime scene, which granted the victims time to escape. For more details, see the attached nomination letter below.
On November 24, 1963, Detectives L.C. Graves, #703, and James Leavelle, #738, were assigned to escort a prisoner, Lee Harvey Oswald, to the basement of Dallas Police Headquarters. At the time, Oswald had been charged with the murder of Dallas Police Officers J.D. Tippit and President John F. Kennedy. Upon exiting the corridor leading to the parking lot, they faced a large crowd of media personnel, at which time Detective Graves was a human shield for Oswald. A gunman, later identified as Jack Ruby, appeared from the crowd and fired a shot at Oswald. Detective Graves grabbed Ruby’s wrist, along with the cylinder of the gun, and prevented any further shots from being fired. Detective Graves and Leavelle stayed with the wounded Oswald and rode in the ambulance to the hospital. Detective Graves passed in 1995, however for more details, see the attached nomination letter below.