At this week’s City Council meeting Bossier City Police Chief Daniel Haugen asked the council to set aside the time to properly recognize several officers and a brave citizen who made a major impact on the safety of the community.
Chief Haugen first recognized and honored those who lost their lives during a May 2 incident. Chief Haugen then said that “on the tragic day of May 2, evil came to our city, but thanks to these brave men we were able to quickly handle and subdue it.”
On that day a fugitive from Alabama exited I-20 at Industrial Drive at the Valero and while robbing the store shot four and killed two innocent citizens.
For their acts of bravery and courage during this incident Chief Haugen awarded the highest award offered by the department to a surviving officer, “The Medal of Valor” to Sgt. Freeman and officer Kenny Gallon’. Freeman and Gallon’ arrived on the scene in less than two minutes and were fired upon. Gallon’ was struck and remains off work due to his injuries. Freeman pulled Gallon’ to safety and cared for him until help arrived.
A brave citizen, Wes Davis, was on the scene and attempted to prevent the shooter from harming anyone else and was shot in the incident. Davis suffered what was determined to be a life-threatening injury and was medically assisted by officer Danny “Bo” Turner. Officer Turner used a tourniquet as trained and by doing so by all accounts saved Davis’ life. Officer Turner was awarded the Bossier City Police Department’s “Lifesaving Award” and Davis was also given an award for his brave actions.
Not able to attend the ceremony but also receiving the Lifesaving Award is Officer Brandon Bailey. Mayor Tommy Chandler expressed his pride and gratitude to Chief Haughen and those who were honored.