Two Colorado Springs Police Department officers received the prestigious “Bill Daniels True Blue Award” for going above and beyond their duties in order to help people in need in their community.
This year's honorees are Sergeant Larry Morgan and Officer Alexis Falcon.
"Officers often go above and beyond their duties to help people in the community in ways that the public never hears about... They quietly go the extra mile to make someone else’s life a little better. They do it because they care, and because they have true servant hearts. That’s what it takes to do this job, and those are the kinds of officers I am proud to have on our police department." -Mayor John Suthers
Sergeant Larry Morgan
On August 29, 2019, CSPD Sergeant Larry Morgan was notified of a traffic crash at the intersection of East Woodmen Road and Vincent Drive involving a Jeep and a motorcycle.
Both the driver and passenger of the motorcycle were deceased on scene and the driver of the Jeep was transported to a nearby hospital for injuries. The Jeep was engulfed in flames, creating a chaotic scene.
It was further determined that the deceased motorcycle occupants were the parents of four minor children between the ages of 6 and 13. At the time of the collision, all four kids were awaiting their parents return while locked out of the home and unaware of the tragedy. Sergeant Morgan took control of the situation and ensured the children were fed and brought to the Stetson Hills substation where they could be notified of what happened by a chaplain.
No other family members were closer than Austin, Texas and those relatives had to drive to Colorado Springs. After being notified that the Department of Human Services would not take control of the children, Sergeant Morgan arranged for a victim advocate and an officer to stay with the children in their home, on a rotating basis, until family could arrive from Texas. Sergeant Morgan did this believing it would be more comfortable for the children to at least be able to sleep in their own beds.
Upon getting the children home from the substation, Sergeant Morgan discovered that there was not sufficient food in the home. He purchased groceries so meals could be made for the children. Sergeant Morgan’s actions reflect his great care and dedication to the community as well as his concern for others. He went far beyond the normal scope of his duties.
Officer Alexis Falcon
On June 22, 2019, Officer Alexis Falcon was dispatched to the scene of a traffic crash. Upon arrival, it was learned that one of the involved families was Spanish-speaking; therefore, Officer Falcon remained on the call and used his linguistic skills to communicate with the family about the crash.
While talking with the family, officers determined a three-year-old child involved in the crash suffered from a disability that caused him to be underweight and with little muscle control. These factors contributed toward the family using an incorrect style of car seat.
Knowing the family needed a new car seat because of the crash, and aware of the child’s medical condition, Officer Falcon went to a nearby store where he used his own money to purchase a new car seat for the family. Officers were then able to correctly install the car seat prior to the family being discharged from the hospital, thereby enabling the family to safely transport their child.
Bill Daniels True Blue Award
The Bill Daniels True Blue Award reflects the respect and gratitude that Bill Daniels, who was a decorated naval fighter pilot in World War II and Korea, had for those who place their lives on the line in service to others, as well as for those who go out of their way to help people in their communities.
The Daniels Fund, established by cable television pioneer Bill Daniels, is a private charitable foundation dedicated to making life better for the people of Colorado, New Mexico, Utah, and Wyoming through its grants program, scholarship program, and ethics initiative. Visit DanielsFund.org to learn more.