Three North Salt Lake police officers were honored recently during a city council meeting. Sergeant Tyler Winslow and Officers Austin Lewis and Hilary Chacon received the Police Star award for unselfishly placing themselves at great risk to help someone in deep distress.
On September 29, 2023, these three officers responded to a call from a suicidal individual who had climbed to the top of an unstable cliff ledge and was considering jumping. Once the officers located the individual, they hiked out onto the dangerous area themselves to talk and encourage this person back to safety. They continued to visit with this person and after agreeing to move to a safer location, these officers, with no backup safety equipment, linked themselves hand-to-hand and Sergeant Winslow was lowered down to the person and was able to grasp their hand and pull them to safer ground. Thankfully this led to a successful outcome, but it could have turned out very differently for all involved. No judgment was made on the circumstances that led to the person in distress, only the need to help them at this crucial time.
It is noteworthy that these three officers did not choose, nor were they specifically chosen for the call or the circumstances in which they found themselves. However, when confronted with this situation, they acted with courage, commitment and competence, a reflection on all officers of the North Salt Lake Police Department.
The Police Star is the third highest recognition awarded (only behind the Medal of Valor and Police Medal), for distinctive and courageous acts involving personal hazard and protecting or saving a human life.
We congratulate these officers for making a difference every day, one call at a time.