Feel-Good Story Of The Day: Brave Police Officer Receives National Recognition For Bravery During Shoot-Out

Posted on March 23, 2013

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Utah (Michael McFall-The Salt lake Tribune) – One of the officers wounded in the shoot-out with Matthew David Stewart is receiving a national award for his service and sacrifice.

Weber County Sheriff’s Sgt. Nate Hutchinson.  Image National Law Enforcement Officer's Memorial Fund.

Weber County Sheriff’s Sgt. Nate Hutchinson. Image National Law Enforcement Officer’s Memorial Fund.

The National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund, a nonprofit that honors officers who go above and beyond, announced Friday that Weber County Sheriff’s Sgt. Nate Hutchinson is their Officer of the Month. Hutchinson was shot four times when he and other members of the Weber-Morgan Narcotics Strike Force tried to execute a search warrant on Stewart’s Ogden home.

Hutchinson was shot while trying to save fellow officers as Stewart allegedly opened fire on them on the night of Jan. 4, 2012. He’s back to work now, though Hutchinson still suffers complications from his wounds, and does not yet have full use of his arms or shoulder.

“He’s very worthy of [the award] and we’re proud of him and the service to this office and [the community],” said sheriff’s spokesman Lt. Mark Lowther.

A news release from the nonprofit tells of how Hutchinson grabbed an agent who had been shot in the face and took him outside Stewart’s house to safety. Hearing more gunfire, he ran back into the house and was shot in the hip as he helped pull another wounded agent out, then went back in again to help the wounded Agent Jared Francom. Hutchinson was hit again, but still managed to help other officers get Francom out. Francom, however, later died from his injuries.

Read more:     http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/56047871-78/hutchinson-officers-stewart-sheriff.html.csp

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