DEXTER -- A Dexter police officer was presented a medal for saving life with a non-lethal weapon at the city council meeting Monday evening.
According to Dexter Police Department Chief Paul E. Haubold Jr., officer Tony G. Roberts was selected to receive the John H. Cover Life Saver Medal for using non-lethal force to safely conclude a dangerous, life-threatening situation.
"We believe officer Tony Roberts used a TASER in an extraordinary situation to save someone's life," Haubold said. "Officer Roberts' actions honor and exemplify the greatest values of public service."
John H. Cover is the inventor of the TASER. TASER International is a leading provider of non-lethal weapons to over 7,000 law enforcement agencies world-wide. Named to honor his life saving work, the Cover medal is awarded to law enforcement officers who commit a heroic act with a TASER device, saving a life or averting the potential for life threatening injury.
Since the introduction of the TASER, the Dexter Police Department, which is comprised of 16 sworn officers, has encountered fewer injuries to the citizens of Dexter and also the law enforcement officers who protect these citizens.
"Officer Roberts is one of our newer officers here at the Dexter Police Department," Haubold said. "His contributions to this department have been above average and we are very pleased to have him as a member of our police force."