Redding Police Department honors officers for heroism


    The Redding Police Department held their annual awards ceremony Thursday at City Hall.

    Community members, family and city leaders showed their appreciation for the tireless work of the Redding Police Department. Officers appreciated the honor but agreed they were just proud to what they do, with their colleagues in a community they are proud to serve.

    The ceremony was highlighted by the "Officer of the Year" award, given to Dave Chapman. Chapman was credited with 425 arrests in 2018.

    The Medal of Honor was awarded to Chris Staup. Staup is credited with saving lives in a domestic dispute last year.

    Behind every award was a story, including "Lifesaving Award"winner, Officer Darren Hull.

    Hull was credited with saving the life of a woman after he pulled her to safety during a house fire on highway 273 last September. "It's amazing getting an award like this, there have been many that have come before me that have done amazing acts of heroism, they have put their bodies and lives on the line, with families and children in mind and they go out and risk their neck to save some else," Hull said of the award.

    "They say law enforcement is a calling and there is no doubt in my mind that everyone I work with answers to that calling every time they need too," he added.

    Twelve accommodations were given out to officers recognized for bravery during the Carr Fire.

    The final award of the afternoon, a retirement plaque to Corporal Jeff Schmidt and K-9 Abel .

    Abel had no words to offer the crowd upon his award, but is looking forward to retirement.

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