The Grand Junction Police Department is pleased to share that the Colorado Association of Chiefs of Police selected an employee of our agency to receive recognition at their annual conference in Colorado Springs last month.
Corporal Ryan Piotrowski was awarded the CACP Valor Award, which can be earned by an officer whose actions save human lives. Corporal Piotrowski was selected for this honor as a result of the leadership and courage he displayed during a hostage incident in Grand Junction in September of last year. Corporal Piotrowski was the supervisor on duty when a suspect barricaded himself in a house, holding two young children hostage. After numerous unsuccessful attempts to speak with the suspect and confirm the welfare of the children, Corporal Piotrowski and other officers forced entry into the home and located the suspect holding knives to the throats of the two children. Corporal Piotrowski fired several rounds, striking the suspect and killing him. The children were immediately removed, without sustaining physical injury, and were reunited with their mother.
Commander Robert Russell of the GJPD adds, “Ultimately, Ryan’s decision making skills displayed a level of courage and compassion not often seen, which resulted in the saving of two young lives.”
The awards were presented at the CACP banquet late last month in Colorado Springs. The banquet was attended by police chiefs and law enforcement personnel from across the state, as well as Corporal Piotrowski’s brother, who is a detective for a Colorado law enforcement agency. Acting FBI Director Andrew McCabe was also in attendance.
Congratulations, Ryan! You are an outstanding representative of the quality of employees we have at the GJPD, and we’re fortunate to have you here.