INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) — The Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department held it’s annual Honor Awards Program at the Central Library Downtown on Friday where officers and non-officers were honored for their courageous service over the last year.
Some of those honored included investigators who helped police arrest suspects behind the Spring Mill home invasions. Late last year, several men invaded homes and in one invasion the suspects assaulted a man and sexually assaulted his wife and adult daughter. Investigators worked the case, which resulted in 13 arrests and at least 300 charges.
In the audience Friday were some of the victims who attended the event to tell the officers “thank you.” The award categories included Certificate of Appreciation, Certificate of Commendation, Unit Citation, Medals of Merit, Bravery, Valor, Purple Heart, and the highest honor which is called the Medal of Honor.
Officer Nicholas Gallico was honored with a Medal of Honor for taking action on July 5 during the shooting death of IMPD Officer Perry Renn. On that night, Gallico was credited with subduing the suspect, Major Davis Jr., and administering aid on Officer Renn.
Lynn Renn, Officer Renn’s widow, was not in attendance but she released a statement thanking Officer Gallico and others for their service and bravery on that day:
I regret that I am unable to attend today to convey this message in person.
Congratulations to Officers Gallico, Lawlis and Elkins on their well-deserved recognition. I am very proud of them and everyone who assisted Perry; he too would have been proud. Congratulations to all award recipients. Thanks to all the men and women of IMPD for their service to the community.
A team of IMPD officers from each district and division vote on nominations submitted throughout the year.