Fridley Police Department recognizes outstanding police work at annual award ceremony

Whether it was saving a life, keeping drunk drivers off of the road or assisting community members, the Fridley Police Department leadership acknowledged officers with a ceremony — complete with certificates and plaques — March 30 at City Hall. The ceremony honored nine officers with awards in four categories.

This police department sees great police work being done everyday by great police officers,” said Liertenant Steve Monsrud. “It is said that it is easy to sit up and take notice, what is difficult at times standing up and taking action. Today we are recognizing the fact that someone stood up and took that action.”

2017 Fridley Police award recipients:

Honored for DWI enforcement were officers Shawn Murphy (28 arrests), Erik Johnson (18 arrests) and Tyler Abrahamson (16 arrests).

Honored for warrant arrests were officers Shawn Murphy (63 arrests), Tyler Abrahamson (52 arrests) and Erik Johnson (33 arrests).

Honored for officer assistance were officers John Kotchen, Patrick Faber, Nico Wallat, reserve officer Joshua Norgaard and sergeant James Mork.

Noah Huynh was awarded Reserve Officer of the Year.

Four citizens were also recognized during the ceremony for their life-saving efforts after a woman at Lifetime Fitness in Fridley went into cardiopulmonary arrest during a fitness class last December.

Honored with the Citizen Service award were Dana Kutcher, Christopher Popp, Pam Grass and Tim Workman.

“To our citizen honorees, I don’t think it is possible to say thank you enough. You are a great example of our community partnering with our police department,” said Lieutenant Monsrud. “Your outstanding service is a testament to the quality of people that live, work and recreate in the City of Fridley.”

Family members and fellow officers in the Fridley City Council chambers gave each honoree a round of applause and greeted them afterwards in a reception.

During the ceremony, Public Safety Director Brian Weierke thanked the officers who did not receive awards for their dedication and support to the Fridley Police Department.

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Honored for DWI enforcement were officers Shawn Murphy, Erik Johnson and Tyler Abrahamson. (Sun Focus photo by Sam Lenhart)
Honored for warrant arrests were officers Shawn Murphy, Tyler Abrahamson and Erik Johnson. (Sun Focus photo by Sam Lenhart)
Honored for officer assistance were sergeant James Mork, officer John Kotchen, officer Patrick Faber, officer Nico Wallat and reserve officer Joshua Norgaard. (Sun Focus photo by Sam Lenhart)
Noah Huynh was awarded Reserve Officer of the Year. (Sun Focus photo by Sam Lenhart)
Honored with the Citizen Service award were Dana Kutcher (not pictured), Christopher Popp, Pam Grass and Tim Workman. (Sun Focus photo by Sam Lenhart)
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Honored for officer assistance were sergeant James Mork, officer John Kotchen, officer Patrick Faber, officer Nico Wallat and reserve officer Joshua Norgaard. (Sun Focus photo by Sam Lenhart)