Palmetto Police Officers honored for Distinguished Service

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BRADENTON, FL-Tuesday night Chief Wells and the Palmetto City Commissioners recognized eight of their officers and a citizen for awards relating to their exemplary performance during a near fatal stabbing at the Hall Night Club, back on February 22nd. 

Officer Lucciano Diaz and Mr, Trevor Cardarelle were given lifesaving awards for their actions that night in administering first aid to the stabbing victim, 28 year-old Ke’Mishia Pompey. Ms. Pompey received a life-threatening stab wound during a brawl inside the night club. Officer Diaz and Mr. Cardarelle applied direct pressure to the wound and used a tourniquet to stop the bleeding. Emergency responders credited the two for saving the victim’s life by keeping her from bleeding to death. Ms. Pompey was present at the ceremony and expressed her gratitude.

Also recognized for distinguished service that night were: Corporal Michael Kelly, Detective David Burns, Officer Luis Martinez, Officer Rebecca Evans, Officer Richard Wilson, Officer Zachary Cissell, and Officer Angel Uruchima.

A separate award was presented to the Agency’s Property and Evidence Manager, Mr. Larry Gabbard, for being recognized as the Property and Evidence Association of Florida’s Evidence Custodian of the Year.