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April 4, 2016
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IACP and Motorola Solutions Name
Trooper Donald Atkinson as Trooper of the Year
Alexandria, VA – On April 1, 2016 the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) and Motorola Solutions named Trooper Donald Atkinson from the New York State Police as the IACP/Motorola Solutions Trooper of the Year. Trooper Atkinson was chosen from four finalists among state and provincial agencies of the United States and Canada.
“Motorola Solutions is proud to partner with the International Association of Chiefs of Police to honor the selfless work being done in police agencies every day around the world,” said Jim Mears, senior vice president, North America Market, Motorola Solutions. “Men and women in state and provincial police agencies know the situations they face can change in an instant, yet they continue to put their lives on the line to help keep their communities safe. Motorola Solutions humbly recognizes the brave efforts by Trooper Atkinson and the sacrifices made by all law enforcement.”
Trooper Atkinson was dispatched for a report of a distressed swimmer near a dam. Two witnesses advised that a 14-year-old girl had been sucked into an intake tunnel near where she was swimming. After calling for a fire department rescue boat, Trooper Atkinson determined the girl was choking on water and getting tired. Trooper Atkinson entered the water and swam to the intake tunnel, where he was tossed a rope by a bystander. Trooper Atkinson and a second trooper climbed onto a ledge above the tunnel where they observed the girl struggling to keep her head above water. They threw her the rope, and proceeded to pull her 15 feet through the water and up onto the ledge to safety.
Later, the US Army Corps of Engineers advised that no one would have survived had they gone any further into the tunnel, as they would have been underwater, struggling against the current, for a quarter of a mile. Trooper Atkinson’s decision to enter the water put his life at risk, but resulted in saving the life a 14 year old girl.
“The IACP is proud to honor law enforcement officers who devote themselves to public safety and wellbeing,” said IACP President Terrence M. Cunningham, Chief of the Wellesley, Massachusetts, Police Department. “On behalf of the entire association, I want to congratulate Trooper Atkinson and the other award finalists for their bravery, selflessness, and commitment to service.”
The other IACP/Motorola Solutions Trooper of the Year finalists were Trooper First Class Brian Screws, Georgia Department of Public Safety; Trooper Krzysztof Piotrowski, Illinois State Police; and Trooper James Tedder, South Dakota Highway Patrol. Their stories can be found on the IACP website at: www.theiacp.org/trooper-of-the-year.
About the International Association of Chiefs of Police
The International Association of Chiefs of Police is the world’s largest association of law enforcement executives. With over 26,000 members in more than 130 countries, the IACP serves as the professional voice of law enforcement. The IACP addresses cutting edge issues confronting law enforcement through advocacy, programs and research, as well as training and other professional services. IACP is a professional organization that supports the law enforcement leaders of today and develops the leaders of tomorrow.
About Motorola Solutions
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