Officers, citizens honored for heroic work

75 officers and 16 citizens were recognized

MILWAUKEE -- Those who serve and protect were honored Wednesday at the Spring Merit Award Ceremony.
 
Mayor Tom Barrett addressed the crowd saying being in law enforcement is more than a job, it's a vocation. He said the relationship between officers and citizens goes two ways and it's about having respect for one another. 
 
Police Chief Ed Flynn started the day remembering fallen law enforcement and ended the day honoring today's heroes.  
 
"This evening we get to celebrate the heroism, and to me that heroism and that hard work that our officers display is the best kind of memorial," Flynn said.
 
Seventy-five law enforcement officers were recognized, including a team from District 7 who was on the scene of a drug-related home invasion that quickly turned to a hostage situation. 
 
"You kind of put all your emotions behind you and rely on your training," Officer Steven Kuspa said. "You rely on the people that you work with, and you just kind of get your mindset of what you're facing and what you have to do." 
 
Sixteen citizens were also honored. Kevin Anderson, who was the Valorous Conduct "Citizen" Award Honoree, risked his life. 
 
"I remember everything like it was yesterday," Anderson said.
 
Anderson stopped an armed robber at a Popeye's restaurant and the suspect shot him. 
 
"There's kids in there and there's no guarantee that it's just going to stop at the register," Anderson said. 
 
Anderson said he would take a bullet again if it means saving lives. 
 
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