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Thursday, July 1, 2021

Life Saver Medal given to Vernon County Sheriffs Office Detective Dawn

A Vernon County Sheriff’s Office employee was awarded with the Life Saving Medal on Wednesday as a result of an incident that took place in late March just outside of Nevada, MO. 

Vernon County Sheriff Jason Mosher announced that Detective Brett Dawn received the medal at the June Patrol meeting along with a letter of commendation. According to Mosher, Detective Dawn responded to a report of a suicidal subject armed with a knife. 

While trying to talk the subject into putting the knife down, the subject turned the knife towards their chest, at which time Detective Dawn grabbed the subjects’ hands and pulled the knife away from their chest. 

The subject was tackled and responding personnel helped take the knife away. The subject was then transported to a hospital for additional care. Sheriff Mosher said Detective Dawns quick response, recognition of the severity of the situation and immediate action resulting in a life being saved. Detective Dawn was issued a letter of commendation and received the VCSO Life Saving Medal as a result. “Law enforcement officers are often overlooked for the good they do. 

This was a situation that could have turned out much differently but ended without any injuries so we are proud to be able to recognize Detective Dawn for his actions” said Mosher. 

*This press release has been issued by the Vernon County Sheriff’s Office for information only. Any names given in this release are to be considered innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.