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Two Burlington Police Officers Honored

May 16, 2019

The Burlington Police Department honored two of its officers for their life-saving efforts.

Police Chief Dennis Kramer told the city council that the Medal of Merit is the 2nd highest honor awarded by his department. He presented the medals to Officers Jacob Jenkins and Joshua Riffel.

Kramer said on March 26, officers were dispatched to the Great River Bridge across the Mississippi River. He said Jenkins and Riffel arrived to find a man standing on the ledge outside of the railing.

“While Officer Riffel was talking to the subject, Officer Jenkins approached from behind and was able to grab the man by the hood of his sweatshirt and prevented him from jumping,” said Kramer. “Officer Riffel then grabbed the subject, who stated his intention was to slide out of his sweatshirt and fall into the river below. Officers Jenkins and Riffel continued to struggle with the subject until other officers arrived and were able to pull the man to safety.”

Kramer said the man’s family reported he was doing better after receiving medical treatment and therapy.

Officer Jenkins told the city council he was honored to receive the medal even though they were simply doing their job.

Officer Riffel added that he was proud to serve the community.