By Stephen Mayer, Multimedia Journalist - bio | email
KANSAS CITY, KS (KCTV) -
Police officers daily put their lives on the line to save members of the public.
But some officers go above and beyond and deserve special recognition. Dozens of KCK police officers received pomp and circumstance this week while honoring them and a citizen for their bravery.
Three officers deserved special accolades because they saved the lives of two children. Officers Kenneth Hickerson, Wade Smith and Chris James responded to a domestic violence call.
Inside they found a horrifying situation of a man trying to drown a 1-year-old and a 3-year-old inside a bathtub. They had to fight their way into the tiny bathroom where the out-of-control man was.
To help spare lives, they used a stun gun on the man to subdue and arrest him rather than firing their handguns.
Hickerson said he is glad they were able to save the children's lives and get them out of harm's way.
"We went right back to the matter at hand: getting him into custody," Hickerson said. "When we go through things like this, it sinks in what we actually did. At that all, all I thought about is, it's our job."
Also honored Thursday night was Kirtis Davenport. He drove up on a two-vehicle wreck in December near 65th Street and Turner Diagonal. Davenport saw the man who caused the wreck grab an injured woman who had landed in the road and throw her into his SUV.
The man then took off with Davenport in pursuit. He followed the man for 20 minutes while communicating with officers. Getting the vehicle stopped and aid to the woman saved her life, police said.
"It always feels good knowing I did something good," he said.
All four said they were just doing the right thing.
Hickerson and his partner periodically check on the children they rescued and their mothers. All are doing great, Hickerson said.
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