On Wednesday, 21 April, Laramie Police Department Chief Dale Stalder presented officers Jacob Bury and Joseph Plante with life saving medals and Letters of Commendation were presented to officer Christopher Groh (serving as a dispatcher at the time of the incident), Stacey Gonzales and Laramie Fire Department ambulance crew Mike Nyquist, Craig Rumsey and Kevin Rice. Officer Wes Kelly who was not in attendance, will also receive a letter of commendation.
All eight received their awards for their actions in the assault of a Laramie citizen with a sword, which took place on July 13th 2020. Beginning with Dispatchers Stacey Gonzales and Christopher Groh establishing the location of the injured subject, to Officer’s Jacob Bury and Joseph Plante immediately helping the victim on their arrival at the scene, to the continued lifesaving efforts of Officer Wes Kelly and to Laramie Fire Department ambulance crew Mike Nyquist, Craig Rumsey and Kevin Rice arriving moments later to continue aid and transport the wounded citizen. “The teamwork and ability to work under pressure undoubtedly saved the life of a citizen of Laramie. Your involvement has demonstrated exceptional work ethic, dedication and teamwork.” Chief Stalder said.
Laramie Police Officer’s Joseph Plante and Jacob Bury were dispatched to the vicinity and located the victim sitting on a doorstep in the area, in grave condition. Officer Plante immediately secured a tourniquet to the upper arm of the Victim and Officer Bury began to pack the wound with gauze to stop the bleeding. Officer Wes Kelly arrived a short time later to provide assistance. Officers were able to relay details to dispatch and summon and gain assistance from EMS.