Field Training Officer Ross Alison, Sergeant Matthew Rucker, Sergeant Cole Long, Field Training Officer Trevor Boudreaux with the Hutchinson Police Department pose after receiving awards at the Kansas Association of Chiefs of Police Valor Banquet on May 25, 2022.
MANHATTAN – Four officers with Hutchinson Police Department received awards at the 2022 Kansas Association of Chiefs of Police Valor Banquet held in Manhattan, KS on May 25th. Below are brief summaries of each incident involving these officers.
Silver Award: Sergeant Cole Long
On April 11 th , 2021, Sergeant Long was patrolling south of the 1500 block West 12th Ave when he heard two gunshots. He immediately responded to the area and located a victim lying in the street suffering from a gunshot wound. Sergeant Long dragged the victim to the passenger side of his patrol vehicle for cover. While tending to the victim, Sergeant Long saw another male walking nearby. This was later identified as the suspect. Sergeant Long realized he and the victim were exposed to the suspect. Sergeant Long then dragged the victim to the other side of the patrol vehicle for safety.
During the incident, Sergeant Long communicated and coordinated well with other officers. He stayed calm and collected in the face of a very dangerous situation. Due to Sergeant Long’s courage, the victim was able to make a full recovery.
Bronze Award: Sergeant Matthew Rucker, Field Training Officer Ross Alison and Field Training Officer Trevor Boudreaux
On August 21 st , 2021, officers with Hutchinson Police Department were dispatched to 1707 East Blanchard in reference to a shooting. Officers were provided with little information while en route to the scene. They were told there was a suicidal subject in the residence with a firearm. Just before they arrived on scene, the reporting party said the subject shot the weapon.
When officers arrived, they established a perimeter and immediately saw a young child in the front doorway. The child would not exit the residence, but officers believed the child could not hear them through the door. Officers also knew there were at least two children still inside the residence.
Sergeant Rucker, FTO Alison and FTO Boudreaux made the decision to move up to the residence to get the children out. FTO Alison stood up front with a ballistic shield, while Sergeant Rucker and FTO Boudreaux formed up behind. Sergeant Rucker developed a quick plan to go inside and get the children. FTO Alison and FTO Boudreaux went inside and quickly formed a wall for Sergeant Rucker. Sergeant Rucker found the children in a nearby hallway and helped escort them outside to safety. Officers then backed out of the trailer and established a safe distance, leaving only the suspect inside.
Without hesitation, Sergeant Rucker, FTO Alison and FTO Boudreaux rushed in the residence, putting lives of others in front of their own.