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Senators honor Summit County SWAT Team members

2/20/2014 - West Side Leader
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By Staff Writer

Photo courtesy of state Sen. Frank LaRose
COLUMBUS — State Sen. Frank LaRose (R-District 27) recently honored four members of the Summit County Sheriff’s Office SWAT Team who recently earned the FBI’s “Shield of Bravery” award.

LaRose jointly sponsored a resolution honoring the team with state Sen. Tom Sawyer (D-District 28), who also represents Summit County.

Receiving the honor were Detective Larry Brown and deputies Danny Francis, Larry Peters and Shane Smith, all of Summit County Sheriff Steve Barry’s office.

Shown above, from left, are Brown, Peters, Smith, LaRose and Sawyer.

“In a time when the title ‘hero’ is too often misapplied, we recognized four courageous men today who personify heroism as law enforcement professionals,” said LaRose. “They have been recognized for particularly noteworthy bravery exhibited in June of 2012 while serving an arrest warrant, but these men and many others like them routinely go far above and beyond the call of duty, putting their own safety on the line to keep our community safe. We are blessed to have brave and highly skilled professionals like them working every day keeping our friends and families safe from harm. These men and their families are owed a debt of gratitude which can never be fully repaid, but today we could at least pause and on behalf of a grateful state simply say thank you for your service.”

According to the FBI, the Summit County law enforcement officials were chosen for the honor due to their courageous act in arresting a member of a violent gang. During the encounter, the team met significant resistance and gunfire, but their quick thinking and courageous actions brought the dangerous situation to a peaceful resolution and put two wanted criminals behind bars, according to the FBI.

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