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Officers receive 2010 LEEP honor for bravery, dedication on the job

Posted by: ignite Posted date: November 24, 2015

Two officers were chosen for Law Enforcement Education Program (LEEP) Outstanding Service Awards for bravery and dedication to their profession.

Buena Vista Township Patrol Officer Jaime Villanueva and Battle Creek Police Officer Robert Miller were presented with the awards at the 2010 Annual POLC/GELC Meeting & Labor Seminar Aug. 28.

On Nov. 20, 2009, Officer Villanueva went beyond her duties as a police officer and stepped into a burning building to rescue a paralyzed woman.

When Officer Villanueva arrived on the scene of an apartment building fully engulfed in flames, bystanders reported a victim was still inside. Officer Villanueva, with the assistance of three bystanders, entered the woman’s bedroom and safely removed her. Then Officer Villanueva re-entered the building with two other officers to search for more victims. She was later taken to the hospital to be treated for smoke inhalation.

Officer Miller could have turned in his badge and gun after being shot in the head during a standoff. After surgery, he suffered permanent hearing loss in his left ear and a visible scar on his face.

However, he underwent mental and physical rehabilitation and returned to work. On May 10, 2010 Officer Miller came to the aid of Sgt. Marc Pierce, who was being stomped on by a mentally disturbed individual. Just as the assailant grabbed a meat cleaver and was preparing to strike Sgt. Pierce in the head, Officer Miller fired his handgun neutralizing the individual and preventing further injury to Sgt. Pierce.

“We are the police and it’s a dangerous profession, and the mental game is more important than anything,” Miller said. “Being mentally strong and prepared is key.”

LEEP Outstanding Service Awards
667 E. Big Beaver Rd., Suite 205
Troy, MI 48083