First responders recognized for exemplary service

KENNESAW, Ga. | Aug 3, 2017

Police officers honored for quick response, life-saving efforts

Public Safety Awards
Sgt. Todd Jackson and Deputy Police Chief Edward Stephens

Kennesaw State police officers who responded to a plane crash near campus and one who saved a person’s life from a drug overdose were honored Wednesday at the Department of Public Safety and University Police quarterly awards ceremony.

Sgt. Todd Jackson received the highest award among the officers who responded to the airplane crash in March, the Medal of Valor.

Rusty Midkiff
Officer Rusty Midkiff was presented the Lifesaving Award for using a naloxone kit to revive a man who overdosed last month, the second instance of Midkiff’s rendering such aid in his career.

Also recognized for their actions in response to the plane crash were:

• Meritorious Conduct Award: Police Capt. Tim Murphy

• Meritorious Conduct Award: Police Cpl. Jason Johns

• Meritorious Conduct Award: KSU Emergency Management Director Andy Altizer

• Letter of Commendation: Fire Safety Manager Matthew Shannon

• Letter of Commendation: Fire and Life Safety Inspector Tyler Fitts

Along with the individual awards, Interim Police Chief Edward Stephens announced that Kennesaw State has been named the 2017 Clery Compliance Program of the Year by the National Association of Clery Compliance Officers and Professionals. The Clery Act is a federal law requiring colleges to report crime statistics and school safety policies.

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