Attorney General Schmitt Presents Back the Blue Award to KCPD Officer Blaine Kennedy
Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt presented Kansas City to Missouri Police Officer Blaine Kennedy today with his office’s Back the Blue Award for Exceptional Courage and Valor in Service for apprehending a suspect late last year.
“Missouri law enforcement officers risk their lives every day to ensure the safety and sanctity of the communities they have sworn to protect. Law enforcement officers go to work every day without knowing whether they will return to their families at night, ”said Attorney General Schmitt. “Officer Kennedy went above and beyond and worked continuously to arrest a suspect who may have harmed the community after being seriously injured. It was an honor to present him with the Back the Blue Award today. “” Even after he was stabbed, Officer Kennedy managed to track the suspect and take him into custody. His commitment to the duty and protection of the people of Kansas City is an inspiration to all of us, ”said Rick Smith, Kansas City Police Chief, Missouri and Suicide Threats. While waiting for an ambulance, the suspect kept trying to get away from Officer Kennedy. To keep him from going any further before the ambulance could arrive, Officer Kennedy put his hand on the suspect’s shoulder. At that point, the suspect pulled out a black kitchen knife and stabbed Officer Kennedy in the chest over his body armor. Officer Kennedy fell back on the floor and the suspect dropped the knife and moved on. Despite being seriously injured, Officer Kennedy, who was still bleeding, continued to pursue the suspect, who arrested him after a 10-15 meter chase. Officer Kennedy never lost sight of the suspect and kept his composure. Officer Kennedy made a full recovery from his injuries. The Attorney General’s Back the Blue Award recognizes law enforcement agencies across the state for incredible courage and courage in service or for exceptional service to the community. St. Louis Police Officer Michael Langsdorf was posthumously awarded the opening award, and officials from St. Charles, Wentzville, St. Louis County, and other countries have since received the award.
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February 05, 2021 at 21:21 GMT
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