Thursday, May 24, 2012

Vincent D'Onofrio Presents Award In The Rose Garden At The White House

Copley trustees accept safety vests donation for fire department

5/24/2012 - West Side Leader
By Emily Chesnic

Officer Ben Campbell receives national TOP COPS Award

Copley officials said they hope the township is never faced with another mass shooting, but regardless, they continue to prepare for an incident similar to that of Aug. 7, 2011, when a lone gunman shot eight people, killing seven, at homes on Goodenough Avenue and Schocalog Road.

At the May 16 Copley Board of Trustees meeting, trustees accepted a donation of 13 Pro-Tech body armor vests for the fire department from the Copley Fire and Rescue Association. One of the vests was on display at the meeting.

“We thought it was a good idea to have the vests after the Aug. 7 shooting,” said Fire Chief Michael Benson.

If department personnel know they are responding to a violent or potentially violent scene, they will wear the vests, he explained.

Benson said the vests, which the police department currently uses, will handle bullets and edged weapons.

The total amount of the donation is about $5,341, he said.

During the meeting, Police Chief Michael Mier also discussed this past summer’s shooting with the board.

Mier said he was in Washington, D.C., May 12 to see Officer Ben Campbell receive the National Association of Police Organizations (NAPO) TOP COPS 2012 award.

Campbell was the first officer on the scene when residents started notifying police that a gunman was running around their neighborhood, he said. Without waiting for backup, he took off on foot after the shooter and followed the sound of more gunshots. According to the NAPO, the suspect stepped out from behind a house and pointed an automatic pistol directly at Campbell. He commanded the shooter to drop his weapon, and when the man refused, Campbell had no choice but to shoot and kill the suspect, the NAPO reported.

The investigation found more than 200 rounds of ammunition in the suspect’s car, and other information indicated he was planning to drive to his girlfriend’s family reunion, where he could have murdered many more people, according to the NAPO.

Campbell’s performance that day earned him the honor that only was bestowed on 33 other individuals this year, Mier said.

“He was the only one from Ohio to receive the award and was able to go inside the White House to meet President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden,” he said.

According to Mier, Broadway star and “Law and Order” actor Vincent D’Onofrio presented Campbell with the award during a Rose Garden ceremony at the White House.

“Every morning, our law enforcement officers — like Officer Campbell — suit up and head off to work, unaware of what that day might bring. They put their lives on the line to address robberies, patrol dangerous neighborhoods and investigate violent crimes. They do so because of a strong commitment to their communities, and it is clear that Officer Campbell is truly dedicated to the Copley community,” said U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio) in a press release. “Officer Campbell’s quick thinking and sharp instincts helped stop a killer and saved the lives of countless Ohioans. I am proud to hear of his recognition from the NAPO and the White House.”

Trustee Helen Humphrys said other Copley safety forces members received honors recently for their actions Aug. 7, 2011, as well, and soon the board will honor all of the award recipients during an upcoming regular meeting.

She additionally applauded Copley EMS workers for saving the lives of one of the shooting victims.

“We are just so proud of them all,” Humphrys said.


marian kaplan said...

I am sad that there are no pictures of this event.

Rose said...

That is awesome, thank-you.

Billygrl said...

Broadway star, eh? I like the sound of that! Vincent has said that he'd like to do another Broadway show. That would be cool!

marian kaplan said...

Nantz, keep forgetting to tell you that you are the
"banner queen." You do such a great job , thank you.

Nantz said...

I couldn't find anything either, Marian, and thank you for the nice compliment on my banners...I sure appreciate it. You're welcome, Rose...Vincent does such a great job of showing up and giving his support. Blanca, I agree, would be nice to see Vincent do Broadway again.

Ruby said...

This is SO wonderful! I am prouder of him every single day!!!!

Nantz said...

Maybe it was intended to be a more quiet and private event.

Nantz said...

Maybe it was intended to be a more quiet and private event.