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Posted June 26, 2017

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Police officers who received awards from the Police Officers' Award Foundation
Fort Worth Police Officers' Award Foundation recipients include Chief Joel Fitzgerald, Officer Eric Mekosch, Officer Ray Azucena, Sgt. Rachel DeHoyos, Brandi Kamper, Officer Xavier Serrano, Officer James Minter, Det. Matthew Barron, Capt. Julie Swearingin and Officer Tracy Carter.

The Fort Worth Police Officers’ Award Foundation recently recognized the best of Fort Worth’s Finest at its annual awards banquet.

Brandi Kamper was named Officer of the Year for her quick action and bravery when a fellow officer had been shot while chasing a fugitive. Although dressed in civilian clothes and without weapons or body armor, Kamper – who served in the U.S. Army as a combat medic – grabbed her Tac Med backpack, jumped in a marked police unit with a SWAT officer and ran to locate the downed officer in a thickly wooded area.

Despite the danger of being in an open area with no cover or concealment, Kamper immediately began assessing and triaging Officer Matt Pearce’s injuries. She applied a tourniquet to his right leg, dressed three bullet wounds on his chest and shoulder, and used a pressure bandage on his right arm.

She and other officers carried the injured officer up a muddy, slippery hill to get him to an awaiting helicopter.

Other award winners included:

  • Commander of the Year: Capt. Julie Swearingin.
  • Supervisor of the Year: Sgt. Rachel DeHoyos.
  • Specialized Unit Award: Det. Matthew Barron.
  • Southeast Command Award: Officer Ray Azucena and Officer Xavier Serrano.
  • Central Northwest Command Award: Officer James Minter.
  • Dwayne Freeto Service with Respect Award: Officer Tracy Carter.

The Fort Worth Police Officers’ Award Foundation is a nonprofit organization that recognizes and promotes the professionalism and excellence of Fort Worth police officers. The foundation is now in its 35th year.

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