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Officers perform exemplary duty

Officers who went above and beyond the call of duty during the past year were recognized at the Superior Police Department's annual awards ceremony Tuesday. The event also introduced officers who

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Officers who went above and beyond the call of duty during the past year were recognized at the Superior Police Department's annual awards ceremony Tuesday. The event also introduced officers who were hired and promoted in the past year. The following officers were recognized.

Lifesaving awards

Detective Michelle Lear and Officer Jeff Dwyer; and Sgt Adam Poskozim were recognized for separate incidents of performing CPR on a pulseless, non-breathing man due to a heroin overdose.

Sgt. Paul Winterscheidt and Officer Joe Collins, performing CPR on a 51-year-old man found pulseless and non-breathing by his wife.

Meritorious conduct awards

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Douglas County Drug Task Force Sgt. Jim Madden, Officer Todd Maas, Officer Sean Holmgren, Deputy Mike Bach were recognized for drug seizures in 2016 with street value over $533,000.

Officers Jeff Felton and Jeff Dwyer, investigation of a fight with a masked suspect who battered a juvenile leading to multiple arrests.

Detective Bill Braman, investigation of the hundreds of car window vandalisms leading to an arrest.

Officers Matt Brown, Jeff Dwyer, Brad Jago, Mikayla LeRette, Marc Letendre and Tyler Rude, investigation and arrest of drug-impaired woman with 15-week-old child in car, further drug investigation seizing 90 grams of meth and arrest of second person involved.

Sgt. Jack Curphy, Sgt. Thor Trone, Officers Todd Ayers, Griff Coffman, Jeff Darst, Brian Davis, Adam Johnson, Gary Kneisl and Chris Woolery, response to an investigation of five arson fires within hours of each other leading to the arrest and confession of the man responsible for the fires.

Officers Brad Esler, George Gothner, Ross Magnuson and Greg Swanson, response to "man with a gun" at 1723 Hughitt Ave. and stand off with the man, negotiating with him, keeping a safe perimeter set and dealing with citizens who were upset and getting too close to the scene.

Officers Brad Jago and Tyler Rude, response to "man with a knife" call, good tactics and planning, negotiating with him to give up the knife leading to a successful arrest.

Sgt. Jack Curphy, Officers Griff Coffman, John Fontaine and Gary Kneisl, response to out-of-control 14-year-old armed with a knife, using good tactics to secure the child and the knife, ending in the 14-year-old being taken safely into custody.

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Detective Bill Braman, Officers Brian Davis, John Fontaine, Nick Eastman and K9 Marik and Officer Gary Kneisl, response to an investigation of an armed robbery at Kosta's Gyros, very good initial investigation and evidence collection leading to successful follow-up investigation, arrest and confession of the suspect.

Fitness Award

Sgt. Chris Kirchoff, Investigator Jeff Harriman, Officers Todd Carlson, Griffith Coffman, Brian Davis, Jeff Felton, John Fontaine and Gary Gothner.

Letter of Commendation

Officers Brad Esler, Greg Swanson and Chris Woolery, successful warrant arrest of a man found to have a firearm and meth on him at the time of the arrest.

Sgt. Jack Curphy, Officers Kirk Babic, Matt Brown, Jeff Dwyer, Gary Gothner, Adam Johnson, Gary Kneisl and Mikayla LeRette, helping Dmitri Madewell on an extremely cold night, getting him to and from work, collecting money to buy him warm clothing he needed.

Officer Mikayla LeRette, traffic stop investigation on an extremely cold night leading to the seizure of a loaded firearm, drugs, brass knuckles, collapsible baton and a stun baton and the arrest of the four men in the car.

Sgt. Jack Curphy, Officers Todd Ayers, Jeff Darst, Brad Jago, Mike Kendall and Tyler Rude, investigation of multiple burglaries during one shift, including a home invasion, documenting and collecting evidence at multiple scenes resulting in the arrest of a 16-year-old for the burglaries.

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Sgt. Adam Poskozim, successfully negotiating with a resistive, drug impaired woman to let go of her one-year-old child in order to arrest her at Menards.

Detective Bill Braman, Officers Marc Letendre and Tyler Rude, response to an investigation of two similar strong-arm robberies leading to the arrest, interview and confession of the suspect.

Officer Greg Swanson, proactive policing and intelligence gathering to locate and arrest two men wanted for violent crimes.

Sgt. Jack Curphy, Detective Mike Jaszczak, Officers Griffith Coffman, Brian Davis and Adam Johnson, response to the suspect vehicle from a Hermantown drive-by shooting in Superior, assisting Duluth police at the site of the traffic stop of the vehicle and interview of the suspects in the vehicle.

Officers Todd Ayers and Joe Collins, response to out-of-control 14-year-old armed with a knife, dealing with a hysterical parent while other officers dealt with the 14-year-old in the house, ending in the 14-year-old being taken safely into custody.

New officers

Joseph Collins, Johnathan Fontaine, Aaron Jarecki, Joshua Kneeland, Jonathan Marchiori, Justin McIntosh and Megan Myer.

Promotions

Capt. John Kiel and Lt. Thor Trone.

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