Prairie Village Police honor officers who saved lives, stopped bank robber

Officer Brian Wolf received the Award of Valor — the highest given by the Prairie Village Police — for his part in apprehending the Bank of America robbers.
Officer Brian Wolf received the Award of Valor — the highest given by the Prairie Village Police — for his part in apprehending the Bank of America robbers.

The Prairie Village Police Department this week recognized five officers whose exemplary actions helped stop a crime and save a life.

Officers Brian Wolf and John Shipman received awards for their role in thwarting the robbers who held up the 95th Street and Mission Road Bank of America the night of Game Seven of the World Series.

Sgt. Dan Stewart and Officers Rick Bohon and Seth Meyer received the department’s Lifesaving Award for their role in resuscitating a man who was electrocuted while trimming a tree in September.

The department’s commendations for the officers are copied below:

Officer Brian Wolf – Award of Valor
In recognition of his courageous decision to respond on a reported armed bank robbery in progress at the Bank of America, 9500 Mission Road. Officer Wolf was on his way home, but took the initiative to respond to the scene. He took up a position near the bank entrance, and then without a backing officer present, he confronted two bank robbery suspects as they fled from the bank. One suspect was apprehended immediately and the other ran from the scene, but was arrested by responding officers nearby.
Officer Wolf faced a dangerous situation; however his professional, quick and decisive actions resulted in removing two violent, career-criminals from the streets.

Officer John Shipman – Supervisory Recognition Award
In recognition of his response to an armed bank robbery in progress call at the Bank of America, 9500 Mission Road. Officer Shipman initially alerted other officers to the bank robbery after hearing Overland Park dispatch broadcast the emergency call. Upon his arrival, he took the suspect into custody who was being held at gunpoint by another officer. Officer Shipman handcuffed and later removed a revolver from the suspect. Officer Shipman remained calm and professional in this stressful and dangerous encounter and performed at a level beyond that of a ‘normal’ type of duty assignment.

Sgt. Dan Stewart, Officer Rick Bohon and Officer Seth Meyer – Lifesaving Award
In recognition of the timely manner is which he and other officers responded to a medical call on September 27, 2014. A tree trimmer was attempting to remove a branch from a power line in the front yard of his residence when he was electrocuted. His quick, decisive and properly executed CPR efforts were directly responsible for saving the life of the injured worker.