- LPD Officers recognized with Medal of Valor and Purple Heart
LPD Officers recognized with Medal of Valor and Purple Heart
Published June 14, 2023
Mary Grace Pewewardy | Multimedia Specialist
During Tuesday's City Council meeting, Chief James Smith of the Lawton Police Department highlighted two officers, Lieutenant John Bordelon and Sergeant Collin Ney, for their involvement in a high-speed chase in January 2022.
In January 2022, officers were conducting surveillance on drug suspects in our community. The suspects began loading large bags into their car, prompting Lieutenant Bordelon to be called in for a traffic stop. However, when he activated his lights, the suspects refused to stop, leading to a pursuit. During the pursuit, the three suspects in the car started firing at our officers. The pursuit extended beyond our jurisdiction.
While pursuing the suspects, a bullet ricocheted off Lieutenant Bordelon's vehicle and struck him in the face. Despite his injury, he continued the chase for a while longer before instructing the other officers to continue pursuing the suspects while he called for backup. He requested assistance from Medicine Park, Elgin, and other agencies. Throughout the entire pursuit, the suspects continued to shoot at our officers.
Eventually, the officers managed to stop the suspects at a location, where one suspect was apprehended while the other two tried to hijack another vehicle. As they were trying to get away, Sergeant Ney reached into the car through the window, turned off the vehicle, and took out the keys, apprehending the other two suspects.
In recognition of their contributions, Sergeant Ney, Lieutenant Bordelon, as well as Detectives M. Powers and J. Dawson, were all presented with a Medal of Valor. Lieutenant Bordelon was also awarded the Purple Heart for his injuries.
The officers were recognized “for the wonderful deed they both did and putting themselves in harm's way to keep this community safe,” Smith said.
Thank you for all you do for our community, Lieutenant Bordelon and Sergeant Ney!