Five Laramie Police Department and three Laramie Fire Department employees receive life saving awards

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.

Dispatcher Stacey Gonzales, Officer Christopher Groh, Officer Jacob Bury, Officer Joseph Plante, LFD Shift Commander Kevin Rice, LFD Equipment Operator Mike Nyquist and LFD Firefighter Craig Rumsey at the award ceremony Wednesday afternoon, at the Laramie Police Department. (Photo used with permission of Nid Collins)

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.

Chief Dale Stalder recounting the night of the incident. (Photo used with permission of Nid Collins)
Officers Jacob Bury and Joseph Plante receiving their life saving medals from Chief Dale Stalder. (Photo used with permission of Nid Collins)

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.

Chief Stalder thanking the ambulance crew and dispatchers. (Photo used with permission of Nid Collins)
Fellow colleagues and family members offer their congratulations at the life saving ceremony. (Photo used with permission of Nid Collins)



2 thoughts on “Five Laramie Police Department and three Laramie Fire Department employees receive life saving awards”

  1. Debra Diehl says:

    WTG Laramie Police and Fire, EMTs and everyone else involved. This is why we love you so much.

  2. Jan L Dell says:

    Congratulations to everyone! Thank you for your service to our community.

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