Thursday, November 30, 2017 12:03 AM


For just the fourth time in the last 30 years, the Dalton Police Department honored an officer with the department's Award of Valor on Tuesday morning at the monthly meeting of the Public Safety Commission. Officer Clinton J. Travis was presented the award by Chief Jason Parker in recognition of his actions in two separate cases during the past year in which he was confronted with split-second, life-or-death decisions.

Parker detailed both incidents in front of the five commissioners and an auditorium full of fellow officers and firefighters. The first instance happened on Aug. 17, 2016, at about 5 a.m. when Travis, who was then entering his third year as a police officer, was investigating a suspicious vehicle in an area known from previous drug arrests. He did not know that the back seat passenger had a pistol on the floorboard between his feet. When Travis addressed the car's passengers, the suspect dropped a rolled-up dollar bill and reached down between his legs. As Travis shined his light on the suspect's hands, he saw the suspect picking up the 9 mm pistol. Travis drew his service weapon, pointed it at the suspect and convinced him to drop the pistol.

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News source: Dalton Daily News

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