Clarksville, TN – On Friday February 2nd, 2018, Clarksville Police Chief Ansley and The Red Cross recognized two officers, Donald Gipson and Darren Koski for their actions during an emergency situation.
Chief Ansley presented the officers with the prestigious Medal of Valor and Katy Hagstrom gave the officers a Red Cross Extraordinary Personal Action Certificate.
The Medal of Valor is given for performing an exceptional act in a commendable manner in the line of duty, while demonstrating great personal bravery in an extremely dangerous situation; and after having been aware of the great personal danger.
The Red Cross Extraordinary Personal Action Certificate is given for saving a human life.
The awards were presented for the following actions:
On January 6th, 2018, around 6:15am, officers with the Clarksville Police Department responded to a call of a house fire at 834 Stafford Street.
Officer Darren Koski came in contact with a neighbor who informed him that she was unsure if the resident was still inside the home, but no one came to the door when she knocked.
Officers Koski and Gipson quickly assessed the scene and after realizing the inside of the residence was on fire, kicked in the front door and made entry in the house while calling out to anyone who might be inside. The resident of the home, who was asleep in his bedroom, awoke after hearing the sound of the door being kicked in and was able to escape the burning home with the assistance of the officers.
The fire caused the house to explode shortly after the officers and resident exited the house. If not for the actions of the officers, who put their lives in danger, the resident of the home would have perished.
The officers’ actions during the incident are a credit to themselves, the Clarksville Police Department, and the City of Clarksville.