JPD officers awarded Medals of Bravery

JACKSON, Wyo. — Two Jackson Police Department officers were honored with Medals of Bravery at a town council meeting last night.

Corporal Phillip Smith and Officer Thomas Raab were recognized for their brave response to a structure fire in the late hours of September 14. Smith and Raab were the first to arrive on-scene at the east Jackson fire.

They wasted no time entering the residence where they located a man sleeping. They woke him and assisted him outside to safety.

Jackson Police Chief Todd Smith awarded the two police officers the Medal of Bravery, which is “an extraordinary commendation bestowed upon a Jackson Police Officer by the Chief of Police and is awarded when an extraordinary act of bravery occurs,” Smith said.

Smith, for one, might want to make more room on his mantle. The police officer—who was sworn in to the department in 2014—was recognized in January 2019 for spearheading a 10-month drug delivery investigation that eventually led to a negligent homicide arrest and recent conviction. Smith received the Medal of Merit for that.

He has also been recognized as Police Employee of the Quarter and Employee of the Year by his peers.

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