The Floyd County Police Department awarded two patrol officers with officers of the year commendation for their work in rescuing a victim from a residence where her daughter was murdered on Foster Mill Road.
Officers Donald Holbrook and Chad Matthews responded to 1560 Foster Mill Road on May 28, 2015 in response to a domestic altercation that turned deadly, resulting in the death of the suspect’s wife and serious injury of Beverly Broach, mother of the deceased victim.
Broach was in attendance at the department’s annual Christmas luncheon Wednesday as Holbrook and Matthews received the honor. She praised the officers for their dedication to the job and willingness to sacrifice their lives for people they don’t know.
“The officers placed themselves in harm’s way, realizing the need to remove the victim to a safer location,” said Chief Bill Shiflett. “The actions taken by these officers prevented the loss of Ms. Broach’s life.
The department also presented honors to officers of each quarter of 2015.
Michael Poster, a third shift patrol officer, has been with the department for about two years but has proven himself as a dedicated officer “who puts the citizens of Floyd County first,” said Tom Ewing, commander of the FCPD patrol division.
Poster led the first quarter with 177 citations and numerous physical arrests. At this point in the year he has 401 citations that include everything from seatbelt, to DUI and leaving scene of an accident, Ewing said.
“His physical arrests include everything from domestic violence to drugs and robbery,” Ewing said.
Lt. Dana Collum is a patrol supervisor in charge of field training and school resource officers. On July 22, 2015 he was in the area of a home invasion in which the victim was tied up and suspects were in the home with guns.
Collum responded and unknowingly passed the suspect vehicle. His observation and quick thinking to broadcast a look out resulted in the arrest of four armed invaders.
Carlos Ribot, a second shift patrol officer, responded to a domestic altercation on August 8, 2015 in which the victim had escaped but the suspect was possibly barricaded in a residence with numerous firearms. Ribot established verbal contact with the suspect and was able to resolve the situation without injury, loss of life or activation of the department’s tactical team.
Lt. Jeff Jones is an investigator who has worked long hours at home and at the police department to develop information about misuse of funds at the Board of Education. The case is still ongoing, but his work – even through a near fatal work injury – has resulted in mounds of evidence and the recovery of hundreds of thousands in assets that highlight a scheme of racketeering and theft involving multiple subjects.