Personal Sacrifice Award Recipients
Police officers, during the course of their duties, frequently meet armed resistance and are injured while performing these duties.
When an officer is injured in the line of duty as the result of hostile gunfire, they are awarded the Personal Sacrifice Award. The below listed officers have received this award.
On January 11, 2006, Police Officers Kristina Holtmann and Lauren Smith stopped Mr. Dante Person for traffic investigation. While Officer Smith placed an arrested subject from Mr. Person’s vehicle into their marked police vehicle, Officer Holtmann requested Mr. Person exit his vehicle. During an ensuing struggle between Mr. Person and Officer Holtmann, Mr. Person shot Officer Holtmann in the face with his .45 caliber handgun. Officer Holtmann regained her composure and, along with Officer Smith, fired several shots wounding Mr. Person in the leg.
On December 29, 2005, Detectives Brian Trotta and Jennifer Luke observed Mr. Christopher Smith engaged in suspicious behavior in the Clifton Heights area of Cincinnati. Detectives Trotta and Luke exited their unmarked police vehicle to approach Mr. Smith. Mr. Smith immediately turned toward Detectives Trotta and Luke and fired his .45 caliber handgun, striking Detective Trotta in the left knee. Mr. Smith fled on foot. Detective Trotta, injured by gunfire, and Detective Luke pursued Mr. Smith several blocks and exchanged gunfire during the foot pursuit. A perimeter was set up by responding officers and a request for a canine unit was made. The canine unit located Mr. Smith hiding under a parked vehicle.
On December 2, 2005, Police Officer Jason Hubbard and other Street Corner Unit personnel were working undercover in Over-the-Rhine when they encountered Mr. Allen S. Ward. As Officers Hubbard, Colleen Deegan and Jeremy Howard attempted to stop Mr. Ward for investigation, Mr. Ward pointed a .45 caliber handgun at the officers and fired a shot, which struck Officer Hubbard in the upper right arm. A foot pursuit ensued and an exchange of gunfire occurred. During the exchange of gunfire, Mr. Ward substantiated a gunshot wound to the leg.
Police Specialist Andrew Nogueira was injured during the civil unrest April 11, 2001, while assigned to the mobile field force unit. After being dispatched to Vine and Green Streets for a “persons looting”, an unknown suspect appeared and fired one shot at Nogueira. The bullet hit his gun buckle ricocheting into his body armor. Nogueira was not seriously injured and continues his career with the Cincinnati Police Department.
Police Officer Craig Gregoire responded to a call to assist drug investigators on Donahue Street January 31, 2001. Upon entering the building, Gregoire encountered Adam Wheeler who then brandished a gun. Gunfire was exchanged wounding Gregoire's right hand. As emerging officers' safety became compromised, Gregoire fired a final shot fatally wounding Wheeler. After his recovery, Gregoire continued his career with the Cincinnati Police Department.
Police Officer Timothy Pappas responded to a robbery call at the intersection of Montgomery and Sampson on November 8, 2000. During a struggle with Jeffrey Irons, an officer on scene was disarmed, and Irons fired three times at Pappas striking him in the forehead. A fellow officer fired one fatal shot ending the suspect's aggression. After a full recovery, officer Pappas continued his career with the Cincinnati Police Department.
Police Officer Katy Conway was enroute from the Justice Center February 2,1998 to continue her patrol when Daniel Williams flagged her down at 1940 hours on Central Parkway. Williams struck the driver window with his boom box and fired several shots at Conway, who was still inside the cruiser. Four bullets struck Conway in the lower torso. Williams attempted to steal the cruiser, pushing the PO aside. Despite her severe injuries, Conway was able to fire one fatal shot. Officer Conway resigned from her position with the Cincinnati Police Department.
Police Specialist James Zieverink entered the home of Vincent Henderson with SWAT on April 29, 1995 at 2330 hours. After being cornered in the bathroom, Henderson disarmed a nearby officer. Henderson then turned his weapon on Zieverink, shooting him in the right knee. Another SWAT member returned fire wounding and later arresting the suspect. Following a two-year recovery, Zieverink returned to continue his career with the Cincinnati Police Department.
Police Officer Emmett Gladden responded to a “man seen waving a gun” run on Homeside Avenue on June 12, 1993, at approximately 1500 hours. Upon exiting the vehicle, Eric Shields brandished a gun and began firing. PO Gladden grabbed Shields from behind. Shields reached over his shoulder and fired at Gladden rupturing his eardrum and striking him below his left shoulder blade. Both tripped over a curb, allowing Shields to retreat, but only to be apprehended by fellow officers. After a full recovery, Gladden continued his career with the Cincinnati Police Department.
Police Officer Joyce Neville responded to a “man seen waving a gun” on Homeside Avenue June 3, 1993 at 1500 hours. After the suspect, Eric Shields, was asked to exit the vehicle, he reached for a gun inside his car, and began shooting, striking Neville in the hand. The suspect fled on foot and was later apprehended by fellow officers. PO Neville continued her career with the Cincinnati Police Department after a full recovery.
At approximately 1645 on October 3rd, 1988 Charles Jones robbed the Star Bank located at 425 Ludlow Avenue. Police Specialists Robert Hennekes was jogging while off-duty when he noticed the suspect and decided to follow him. While Police Specialists Hennekes was following Charles Jones, the suspect entered a vehicle and attempted to hide. Specialists Hennekes noticed Jones hiding in the vehicle and approached, only to be shot in the hand and chest. Specialists Hennekes gives a description to police and the suspect was apprehended a short time later by District Five officers. After a full recovery, Officer Hennekes continued his career with the Cincinnati Police Department.
Police Officer Gerald Norton responded to an “officer shot” on 2249 Vine Street on April 16, 1987 at 0106 hours. The suspect, Melvin Moreland, who had just fatally shot PO Clifford George, was found hiding in the bushes behind the residence. Upon arrival, Moreland pointed the handgun towards Norton and his K9 partner Bandit. He fired one shot killing Bandit and striking Norton in the leg. Another officer was able to return fire, fatally wounding Moreland. After a full recovery, officer Norton continued his career with the Cincinnati Police Department.
Police Officer Marvin Johnson , while assigned to the VICE Unit, was conducting an investigation at 2336 May Street on October 13, 1980 at 2120 hours. Officer Johnson, while sitting in his vehicle was approached by Eric Martin at approximately 2125 hours. Eric Martin began shooting at Officer Johnson striking him in the shoulder. Officer Johnson returned fire fatally wounding the suspect.. After recovering from his wound Officer Johnson was able to continue his career with the Cincinnati Police Department.
At approximately 2205 on September 16th, 1977 Police Officer Daniel Tiemeier stopped David Judd for jaywalking at 1519 Vine Street. Judd pulled a gun on the officer, and the two struggled for control of the weapon. After being shot twice, the officer was able to return fire fatally wounding Judd. Officer Tiemeier recovered from his wounds and continued his career with the Cincinnati Police Department.
Police Officer Roger Fogus responded to a call,of a man with a gun at 225 West Court Street #7 on October 31, 1976 at 1950 hours. Officer Fogus entered the building to conduct a search. Upon arriving on the third floor Willie Minor fired a shotgun through the apartment door striking Fogus in the left hand. Officer Fogus returned fire fatally wounding the assailant. After his recovery, Officer Fogus continued his career with the Cincinnati Police Department.
Police Officer Barry McLean responded to 2998 Wardall #3 at 0915 hours on October 8, 1975, to a “family trouble-man with a gun run”. As McLean approached the door, Bennie Joe Riley discharged a 12-gauge shotgun. Officer McLean was struck with pellets in the left hand and arm. Assistance was called, and the suspect was arrested without further incident. After his recovery, Officer McLean continued his career with the Cincinnati Police Department.
Police Officer Edmund Schindler was injured August 23, 1970 at 1357 hours while seated inside his cruiser at Rockdale and Reading. Two suspects, Gerald Von Harvey and Clifford Lee Davenport fired at the officer striking the door rest and Schindler's right arm. The bullet passed through the arm, both lungs, the tip of the liver, and the stomach lodging in the left ribcage. Both assailants fled and were later apprehended. After recovering from his wounds, Officer Schindler continued his career with the Cincinnati Police Department.
Police Officer Orville Clark exchanged gunfire with a robbery suspect on January 28, 1970 at 2712 Vine Street, while working an off-duty detail as security for Kroger's. After being wounded, Clark was able to stop the assailant's aggression. Officer Clark continued his career with the Police Department after a full recovery.
Police Officer James Cox was dispatched to a robbery in progress at the B & G Restaurant at 6th & Vine at 2240 hours on November 2, 1968. Upon entering the restaurant, the suspect fired at Cox striking him in the left upper arm. Even after being injured PO Cox disarmed and arrested the suspect. After his recovery, Officer Cox continued his career with the Cincinnati Police Department.
Police Officer Daniel Patterson was dispatched to investigate a domestic quarrel at the Diebold Safe Company 4900 Paddock Road, on June 13, 1968. Upon arrival, an unknown suspect shot PO Patterson three times in the stomach, arm & foot. Despite his wounds, Patterson returned fire fatally wounding his assailant. After his recovery, Officer Patterson returned to duty and continued his career with Cincinnati Police Department.
Patrolman Lawrence Jones responded to a holdup call at East Clifton Savings and Loan, February 1966. Immediately after arriving on scene gunfire was exchanged with two suspects. Jones, after being shot in the right hand, was able to fatally wound one suspect. After recovering from his wound Patrolman Jones continued his career with the Cincinnati Police Department.