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Posted on: May 11, 2018

Two Bonner Springs Police Officers Receive State Award for Valor

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On May 9, 2018, Bonner Springs Police Department Sergeant Coleman Marshall and Corporal Adam Khan were presented with the Gold Award for Valor for Exceptional Police Service from the Kansas Association of Chiefs of Police.

“The actions of both Sergeant Marshall and Corporal Khan exemplify the tremendous valor of officers serving the citizens of Bonner Springs and across the metro in Kansas,” stated Billy Naff, Chief of Police. “It is officers just like them that go out every day and perform a hard job with the highest levels of integrity, respect, and professionalism. I am very proud of their courageous acts and their incontestable character to protect every member of this community, each other, and officers of neighboring jurisdictions. The successful resolution of this incident was a true testament to the high level of professional cooperation across the metro area.”

These officers were nominated for this award due to their heroic acts on March 20, 2017 when Bonner Springs Officers were informed that Leavenworth County Deputies were pursuing a vehicle approaching the City of Bonner Springs in which the suspect had repeatedly fired a handgun at the pursuing officers.  Sergeant Marshall and Corporal Khan drove to intercept the pursuit.

As the suspect approached Sergeant Marshall and Corporal Khan, one of the occupants fired multiple rounds at both officers and Corporal Khan returned fire from his duty handgun. The suspect vehicle then quickly stopped in a nearby parking lot (Wal-Mart) and a white female passenger exited the suspect vehicle. Leavenworth County Deputies took this female into custody, but the suspect and vehicle continued to flee and elude officers.

Sergeant Marshall and Corporal Khan then became the primary and secondary pursuing units as the vehicle fled into the neighboring city of Kansas City, Kansas. The suspect vehicle was eventually disabled in Kansas City, Kansas and the suspect fled the vehicle on foot after exchanging additional gunfire with a Kansas City, Kansas supervisor. Both Sergeant Marshall and Corporal Khan continued to assist the Kansas City, Kansas Police Department until the suspect was taken into custody with the assistance of a Police K9.  

“This was a team effort, not just the acts of us two as individuals,” Sergeant Marshall stated in regards to his actions which led to receiving the award. “Only with the effort of everyone involved were we able to successfully apprehend this dangerous individual.”

The Kansas Association of Chiefs of Police Valor Award recognizes officers from every branch of law enforcement for their extraordinary service and dedication to citizens. The Gold Award recognizes “uncommon valor in the line of duty”. Other award categories include the Bronze Award for outstanding accomplishments, the Silver Award for extraordinary actions which directly contributed to prolonging or saving a life, and the Chief’s Award recognizing the supreme sacrifice of an officer who died in the line of duty.

“What we do is in service to the community,” Corporal Khan said. “The community makes our jobs possible. This award is more for them than it is for us. We have dedicated our lives and commitment to the citizens of Bonner Springs.”

The two officers will be formally recognized by the City of Bonner Springs Governing Body at the Council Meeting on Monday, May 14, 2018. The meeting is open for all who would like to attend and show their gratitude for the actions of these officers.

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