Acting Captain Rob Huss
Government and Media Relations
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*** For Immediate Release***
Washington State Patrol Recognizes Two Men with “Award of Merit”
Vancouver -- The Washington State Patrol (WSP) recognized Detective Rick Hughes of the Centralia Police Department and Mr. Robert Gordon of Washington County Oregon with the departments “Award of Merit” today in Vancouver. The two men selflessly risked their own safety to assist Trooper Rob Moore while he was being assaulted on Interstate 5 in Lewis County, July 3, 2012.
A citation of the events read during the ceremony thanked the men for their life-saving efforts. “The actions of Detective Rick Hughes and Robert Gordon not only helped, but also may have prevented further significant injury to Trooper Moore”.
The WSP’s Award of Merit is presented to law enforcement officers or citizens who risk their own safety to assist a WSP employee in the performance of a hazardous act. Both men, along with other individuals, assisted Trooper Moore with apprehending a male pedestrian who had become combative while being contacted on Interstate 5 near exit 77.
While contacting the pedestrian, Trooper Moore was confronted with two 12 inch sticks and a knife. The pedestrian was yelling and reaching behind his back. Trooper Moore was able to get the individual to follow his commands of dropping the weapons. The pedestrian then reached behind his back and threw a large lug nut at Trooper Moore. Trooper Moore was struck in the face by the lug nut and suffered a fractured nasal bone. Trooper Moore attempted to stop the individual with a Taser, but was unsuccessful. Trooper Moore tackled the pedestrian in an attempt to take him into custody.
Mr. Hughes and Mr. Gordon observed the confrontation between Trooper Moore and the male pedestrian while Hughes and Gordon were driving down Interstate 5. Both men sprung into action and assisted Trooper Moore get the pedestrian under control and into custody.
Captain Ron Rupke thanked and commended both men for their courageous acts indicating, “We are always thankful when the community we serve assists us in our time of need.”