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Safety officer commended by Springfield Police Department

Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Missouri State University Public Safety Officer Steve Hoerning will receive a Citizen Service Commendation from the Springfield Police Department during an award ceremony at 3:30 p.m. on May 9 at the Springfield Regional Police and Fire Training Center, 2620 W. Battlefield. He is being recognized for his assistance in a May 2012 incident.

Hoerning responded to assist Springfield Police Officer Jason Bohannon as he was conducting a traffic stop on suspects who may have just committed a homicide in the area.  Hoerning responded, even though it was beyond the university property, knowing Bohannon could be at risk, and wanting to assist in any way he could.

The Citizen Service Commendation is presented to any citizen who, through a single act, provided assistance to the Springfield Police Department. The act must have been related to the overall law enforcement objectives of this department, and sound judgment must have been demonstrated throughout the incident.

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