LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - They put their lives on the line every day and Friday night some of Louisville's finest, who have gone above and beyond for the city, were honored at Louisville Metro Police Department's 10th Annual Police Awards Banquet.
It's the most challenging and difficult part of the job: Never knowing what the next call will bring.
"I go in unbiased, because I don't know all sides of the story," said Officer Lamont Washington, "I can only go by what I'm hearing on the radio and a lot of times, that's not what's really going on."
In February of 2012, Washington, a patrol officer in LMPD's 4th Division, responded to a call of a home invasion near Churchill Downs. As Washington pulled up, the suspects opened fire. Washington called in on the radio, "Shots fired..shots fired, I'm hit!"
A witness said he watched one man turn around and shoot the officer three to five times.
Washington was hit twice, once in the hand and once in the chest where the bullet hit his badge and his bullet proof vest.
Councilman David James told his colleagues on the Louisville Metro Council of Washington, "After he had been shot, he was still on the radio giving positions of the bad guys!"
For his courage and dedication, Washington, who has been in the department less than three years, became one of two recipients to take home LMPD's Medal of Honor and Purple Heart Award. He said he's thankful and humbled by the award, " I signed up for this and I love it and I wouldn't trade it for the world so, I'm excited to get the awards," he said, "But I don't think I did anything different than any of the guys that are on the platoon that I work on or in the department if they were put in same situation."
The other recipient, Patrol Officer Tony Sacra, was knifed chasing a burglary suspect. Sacra said, " It's a great honor just to receive any medal in this department and it's good to be looked upon by your peers."
They weren't alone, from saving lives at crash scenes to cuffing the area's Most Wanted, the list of heroes in LMPD is a long one.
Chief Steve Conrad said of the banquet, "It gives us an opportunity to come together as a department, as a family and as a community and say thank you to the men and women out there each and every day keeping us safe."
Officer Washington said his biggest reward is being able to solve a case for a victim.
After being shot, Washington missed about four months in recovery. He said he couldn't wait to get back to work and considers himself blessed to be able to do so.
Tuesday, April 20 2010 11:21 PM EDT2010-04-21 03:21:00 GMT
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