Chico Police officers and residents recognized during Lifesaving Awards

Three police officers and two Chico residents received special recognition during the department's annual Lifesaving Awards.

Posted: Mar 2, 2021 4:42 PM

CHICO, Calif. - A big thank you to several Chico police officers and residents at the department’s annual Lifesaving Awards took place Tuesday morning. 

Three police officers and two citizens from Chico were recognized during a small ceremony, each one receiving an award for their efforts in helping save a person's life.

Each person had a unique story, but one thing they all have in common is being a hero.

"It feels really good," said award recipient, Juan Villegas. A few months ago Villegas jumped into action helping officers save a man who was stuck under a car.

Officer Robert Kurtz saved a woman who was trying to jump from a freeway overpass.

"Once I got close she realized that and tried to stand up to jump and at that point, I was able to pull her onto the other side of the railing," explained Officer Kurtz.

A couple of months ago, Chico Police officer Peter Durfee and Chico resident Justin Petersen worked together to help save a man who was found unconscious in a Safeway bathroom.

In May, Officer Thomas Cox saved the life of a man who was shot near the Rio Lindo and Highway 99 bike path.

One by one, the local heroes went up to the podium as Chico Police Chief Matt Madden celebrated their courage, selflessness, and bravery.

"It's really important for me to make sure the community knows all the great work that goes in by the police department and recognize their performance," shared Chief Madden. "The other great thing about today is we had citizens help on several of those incidents, so honoring our citizens that show their bravery and courage to get involved with their police department is very important."

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