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Wellington police officer receives department's first Award of Valor

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    Wellington police Officer Ken Provoznik, left, receives the department's first Award of Valor from Chief Tom Barfield, right, at Monday's village council meeting.



WELLINGTON — Wellington Police Chief Tim Barfield on Monday presented Patrolman Ken Provoznik with the department’s first Award of Valor for saving someone in a suicide attempt.

In March, Provoznik responded to a call about someone sitting on the railroad tracks running along the village. Provoznik found the victim on the tracks with a train speeding toward him. Provoznik got him off the tracks safely and stayed with him until other help arrived.

The victim was sent to the hospital for a mental evaluation.

“In the face of grave personal danger, Patrolman Kenneth Provoznik, through his outstanding courage and leadership, saved the life of this juvenile and this act is in keeping within the highest traditions of the Wellington Police Department,” Barfield said in a prepared letter at the Council meeting.

Provoznik is the first Award of Valor recipient through a policy to recognize the efforts of both officials and civilians. Officers and civilians have been recognized for their efforts in the past, but the Award of Valor recently was created.

“We’re very proud of Ken; he did what he was supposed to do,” Mayor Hans Schneider said. “He’s a great example of what we expect out of our police officers.”

Provoznik said he was thankful he could help the victim and that he got there in time.

Contact Bruce Walton at (440) 329-7123 or Follow him on Facebook @BWalton440 or Twitter @BruceWalton.
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