Police honor 7 officers with medal of valor
[Dayton, OH]

March 21, 2001, Wednesday, City Edition
Copyright 2001 Dayton Newspapers, Inc.
Dayton Daily News
March 21, 2001, Wednesday, City Edition

(DAYTON, Ohio) -- The police department gave seven officers the Medal of Valor, the highest award a living officer can receive, during a ceremony Tuesday.

Six of them got the awards for deeds in the past year. One, Detective Carol Huber, received the medal for an undercover operation done in 1979.

The Medal of Valor is given for "acts of personal bravery performed above and beyond the call of duty, which involve an incontestable risk of life and which failure to perform the act would not reflect negatively on the officer."

On June 13, 1979, Huber entered the apartment of a rape suspect. Unarmed but wearing a wire, Huber was attacked with a butcher knife.

John Allen Walker later was convicted of rape, gross sexual imposition and felonious assault. For years, many people in the police department incorrectly assumed Huber had won the Medal of Valor back in 1979.

"So today, we try to correct that oversight," Lt. Col. John J. Compston said. "Today we finally recognize her with the Medal of Valor."

Other Medal of Valor recipients:

* Sgt. Kraig Kirves and Officer Jonathan Seiter, who pulled an unconscious man from a burning car April 24, seconds before the car became fully engulfed.

* Officers Kevin Phillips and David House, who apprehended a man Oct. 17 who had shot three people.

* Officers Ginger Stutz and James Parsons, who also pulled a driver from an overturned car on fire on Oct. 12.

The department also gave 10 officers the Award of Merit, awarded unit citations to the staff of the police academy and the Drug Interdiction Unit, and gave numerous citations to officers and residents during the ceremony at Dayton Convention Center.

Huber, who retires Friday, said she was honored to receive the medal, but gave praise to her colleagues.

"I've been surrounded by great people," she said. "I work with heroes."

John Thomas, acting police chief, thanked Sgt. Pete Willis, who petitioned the command staff to give Huber the medal.

"We really appreciate you bringing that to our attention," Thomas said.

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