March 30, 2017
Sergeant Robert Prestin and Officer Raul Montes were both named Officer of the Quarter for an incident on January 27, 2017. They were dispatched to a call regarding a suspicious person at the guardrail at the overpass of I-35 and Loop 121. When officers arrived, a man was half over the guardrail and appeared to be timing the vehicles. Officer Montes established communications with the man and Sgt. Prestin approached from the opposite side. Officer Montes was able to get the man off the guardrail, and Sgt. Prestin and Officer Montes were then able to safely secure him. The man was transported to Scott and White Hospital for a mental health evaluation. The de-escalation skills and quick actions of Officer Montes and Sgt. Prestin helped assure that this incident did not end tragically.
Officer Ryan Wood has received the Lifesaving Award for an incident on February 4, 2017, when he responded to a report of a man who had been stabbed in the forearm with a knife. Officer Wood was first on scene and began first aid on the victim. He used a personal tourniquet to stop the bleeding. Belton Firefighters said that if Officer Wood had not acted in the manner that he did, the victim would have lost a significant amount of blood and possibly his life.