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‘On behalf of a grateful City, We say Thank You’
Clarksville, TN – Clarksville Police Officers Darren Koski and Donald Gipson earned a standing ovation and congratulatory handshakes and hugs from Clarksville Mayor Kim McMillan the Clarksville City Council last week in recognition of their brave actions to save a man from a burning house.
The officers went to a fire call at on January 6th, 2017 at 6:15am on Stafford Street, kicked in the front door, and helped remove a resident who had been sleeping in his bedroom.
Shortly after moving the man to safety, the house exploded.
Mayor McMillan read a proclamation at the February 1st City Council meeting commending the heroic actions of Koski and Gipson and urging all citizens to show their gratitude and appreciation for the officers.
“On behalf of a grateful City, we say Thank You,” Mayor McMillan said.
Police Chief Al Ansley told the meeting that without the brave actions of Koski and Gipson the resident probably would have perished in the fire. He also thanked the City Council for investing in the new Computer Aided Dispatch system the City of Clarksville and Montgomery County installed a few months ago.
“These officers got to the house within a minute and half of the call thanks to the new CAD system,” Ansley said. “Without our improved system, it would have been much longer, and the outcome would have been much different.”
On Friday, February 2nd, Chief Ansley awarded Medals of Valor to Gipson and Koski “for performing an exceptional act in a commendable manner in the line of duty, while demonstrating great personal bravery in an extremely dangerous situation.”
Katy Hagstrom of the American Red Cross gave each officer a Red Cross Extraordinary Personal Action Certificate in recognition of saving a human life.
Here is the full proclamation issued by Mayor McMillan:
City of Clarksville
Honoring Officers Darren Koski
WHEREAS, on the morning of January 6, 2018 the Clarksville Police Department
WHEREAS, Officers Darren Koski and Donald Gipson arrived on the scene and were
WHEREAS, While staying low and remaining in contact with each other by holding each
WHEREAS, the disoriented resident of the home came crawling on his hands and knees
WHEREAS, Were it not for the actions of Officers Koski and Gipson, who put their lives in
NOW, THEREFORE, I, Kim McMillan, Mayor of Clarksville, Tennessee do hereby recognize, the
Kim McMillan, City Mayor
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