Memphis law enforcement officers praised as heroes - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

Memphis law enforcement officers praised as heroes

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MEMPHIS, TN (WMC) -

From officers shooting unarmed suspects nationwide, to a youth crime problem coming to a head in Memphis, officers are dealing with a lot of criticism.

Yet, many of our men and women in uniform work hard every day, doing their jobs well, and ultimately being heroes for our city.

Tuesday, dozens of those heroes received awards for going above and beyond the call of duty.

In a room packed full of law enforcement officials, MPD Director Toney Armstrong and Shelby County Sheriff Bill Oldham recognized their staff for last year's work.

"All we want is our community to be safe and our men and women to come home every night," Sheriff Oldham said.

Officer after officer after deputy after deputy, all honored for courageous acts few ever heard about.

For example, officer Kevin Jackson received an award for saving a child's life. Lt. Dexter Moses was awarded for keeping a protest peaceful through his leadership, and the Gang Unit was praised for its work to lower crime in neighborhoods across the city.

"We work in the most scrutinized, under appreciated, and under paid profession in our country, and yet we do it," Sheriff Oldham said. "We do it because we love it. We do it because we understand that we stand between chaos and order."

"This was outstanding," Memphis Police Association President Mike Williams said. "I heard so many great stories that I didn't even know about. Them pulling officers out of burning buildings, burning cars, resuscitating young people who have drowned in the pool. These are the stories that you really don't hear a whole lot about."

Also honored, MPD officer of the year, Jose Flores. He made 172 felony arrests last year.

Barbara Tolbert won Shelby County Sheriff Office deputy of the year award. She saved a child's life on Poplar Avenue.

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