Community Heroes

Claremore Police Chief Stan Brown announced awards to the following individuals Monday before the Claremore City Council.

“We don’t recognize them as often as we should,” Brown said. “I’m proud of our men and women in our department. Their actions and decisiveness under pressure.”

Brown indicated that since the Claremore Police Department has started to have officers carry Narcan on their persons, as many as eight lives have been saved.

Before beginning the rest of the council meeting, City Manager Jim Thomas said, “The Chief is right. I think sometimes we don’t recognize our employees going beyond the call of duty, and those officers definitely deserve recognition.”

Officer Nate Turman - Officer Nate Turman received the Life Saving Award. On April 4, 2018, Turman responded to a subject that was overdosing on heroin. Turman made the quick decision to administer Narcan to the subject, gaining an immediate positive response and, according to medical health professionals, saving the subjects life.

Officer Aaron Sherman - Officer Aaron Sherman received a Certificate of Special Recognition for actions taken while off duty. On May 2, 2018, Sherman witnessed an auto/pedestrian accident in Tulsa. Sherman took action to assist the pedestrian and then had to intervene when he witnessed the driver try to hide evidence (heroin) before the police arrived. Sherman then had to physically stop the subject from attempting to flee the scene. Sherman had to physically restrain the suspect until Tulsa police officers arrived. Sherman’s actions resulted in the arrest of a career felon who had run over an innocent person. “Sherman’s actions represented the City of Claremore and the police department in a positive manner resulting in praise from numerous Tulsa Police Department members,” Brown said.

Sgt. Jason Cummings - Sgt. Jason Cummings was one of three police officers to share the Certificate of Recognition for Professionalism Under Pressure for actions taken during the first week of May, 2018. The officers responded to a male subject in a medical crisis. The three performed CPR but were unable to revive the male subject. The widow wrote a letter to the police department commending the officers for their response and professionalism.

Officer Jordan Holland - Officer Jordan Holland was one of three police officers to share the Certificate of Recognition for Professionalism Under Pressure for actions taken during the first week of May, 2018. The officers responded to a male subject in a medical crisis. The three performed CPR but were unable to revive the male subject. The widow wrote a letter to the police department thanking the officers for their response and professionalism.

Officer Matt Rice - Officer Matt Rice received two awards. Rice was one of three police officers to share the Certificate of Recognition for Professionalism Under Pressure for actions taken during the first week of May, 2018. The officers responded to a male subject in a medical crisis. The three performed CPR but were unable to revive the male subject. The widow wrote a letter to the police department thanking the officers for their response and professionalism. Rice also received the Life Saving Award for actions taken on May, 25, 2018. Rice responded to a call of a subject having breathing problems. Upon arrival CPR was already being performed and a pulse was present but the subject was still unresponsive. Rice learned that several of the subject’s prescribed medications were opioid based and made the decision to administer Narcan. The subject responded positively almost immediately indicating that it was an opioid overdose. The subject survived and was transported to the hospital.

Officer Lance Jensen - Officer Lance Jensen was one of four police officers to share the Certificate of Special Recognition for actions taken on July 16, 2018. Officers responded to an unresponsive subject behind Robertson tire. They performed CPR on the subject until medical personnel took over. The subject did regain consciousness and was later transferred to a Tulsa hospital. Officer Shaun Holmes - Officer Shaun Holmes was one of four police officers to share the Certificate of Special Recognition for actions taken on July 16, 2018. Officers responded to an unresponsive subject behind Robertson tire. They performed CPR on the subject until medical personnel took over. The subject did regain consciousness and was later transferred to a Tulsa hospital.

Officer Josiah Moore - Officer Josiah Moore was one of four police officers to share the Certificate of Special Recognition for actions taken on July 16, 2018. Officers responded to an unresponsive subject behind Robertson tire. They performed CPR on the subject until medical personnel took over. The subject did regain consciousness and was later transferred to a Tulsa hospital.

Officer Jordan Keesler - Officer Jordan Keesler received two awards. Keesler was one of four police officers to share the Certificate of Special Recognition for actions taken on July 16, 2018. Officers responded to an unresponsive subject behind Robertson tire. They performed CPR on the subject until medical personnel took over. The subject did regain consciousness and was later transferred to a Tulsa hospital. Keesler was also one of two officers to share the Life Saving Award for actions taken on August 5, 2018. Officers responded to a report of a male laying on the ground and not breathing. Officers arrived quickly determined that the subject was experiencing an opioid overdose and administered two doses of Narcan saving the subject’s life, according to medical professionals.

Officer Don Thirion - Officer Don Thirion was one of two officers to share the Life Saving Award for actions taken on August 5, 2018. Officers responded to a report of a male laying on the ground and not breathing. Officers arrived quickly determined that the subject was experiencing an opioid overdose and administered two doses of Narcan saving the subject’s life, according to medical professionals.