Several officers of the Roanoke County Police Department were recognized by Chief Howard Hall on Wednesday.
Officers E. Austin and C. Jacobs of the Roanoke County Police Department were awarded The Lifesaving Award medal for rescuing a woman and her son who were caught in a rip current.
Officer Austin and a Roanoke County Firefighter rescued the woman and her son while they were vacationing at the beach in July. Both jumped in to save them without thinking of their own safety, according to a news release.
Earlier in September, Officer C. Jacobs also saved victims from an apartment fire in Roanoke County. She and EMS responders arrived before fire apparatus, determined that victims were still in the home, and went in to pull them to safety.
Officers A. Gennosa, C. Gunter and R. Murphy received a commendation for their work responding to a suspicious person call in south Roanoke County. Officers recognized the description of the person as matching that of a burglary suspect and quickly located the subject. Through investigation, they were able to obtain a confession from the suspect and recover a quantity of prescription drugs.