Three receive the police Medal of Honor

Published: Thursday, March 6, 2014 at 12:10 PM.

“In the physical confrontation that ensued, officers fought Berry for control of both pistols,” Havelock Police Chief G. Wayne Cyrus said in his presentation in front of commissioners. “Multiple shots were being fired. The officers made the decision not to counter deadly force with deadly force, subsequently, our brother officers were wounded. Through all of that, they held fast to their commitment to preserve Richard Berry’s life.

“These officers exhibited great fortitude while addressing the incident. Their selfless act performed without consideration for their own safety and well-being reflects willingness to lay it all on the line for each other and for the community they so proudly serve.”

A review committee made up of other law enforcement personnel and a local businessman voted unanimously to make the presentation based on the facts and circumstances, Cyrus said.

“This is not an award taken lightly,” he said.

Berry was convicted of five charges in connection with the incident and sentenced to up to 10 ½ years in prison on Feb. 5.

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