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Friday, June 5, 1998 - Page updated at 12:00 AM

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Puget Sound Newswatch

Police Department Honors Officers

SEATTLE - Seattle police Officer John Lamp is among a dozen police employees to be honored today for their courage and service to the community.

Lamp will receive the department's Medal of Valor for his quick action during a tense moment last summer. The six-year Seattle police veteran was responding to a report of gunshots in the Judkins Park neighborhood near Interstates 5 and 90 when he found a 23-year-old man being held at gunpoint by another man, according to the Seattle Police Department. When Lamp ordered the suspect to drop his weapon, he began firing at Lamp. Lamp fired back, hitting the suspect, who fell to the ground. The suspect then got up, stripped off a bullet-proof vest, and ran away, the department said.

The suspect eventually was caught and is now serving time. Police officials credit Lamp with saving a stranger's life.

Other awards:

Excellence: officers Mark Mulvanny and Eric Michl, and Detective Salvatore Ditusa.

Community Ambassador: officers June Taylor and Michale Crooks.

Outstanding Public Service: officers Charles Sampson, Patricia Gilbert and Morris Ray.

Innovation: sergeants John Heneghan and Alan Bernstein.

Inspirational: officers Randall Higa, Joyce Hardison and Charles Sampson.

Copyright (c) 1998 Seattle Times Company, All Rights Reserved.

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