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New officer joins FW police; citizen and officers honored
Federal Way Police Chief Brian Wilson was on hand during the June 4 Federal Way City Council meeting to swear in a new officer, and also honor a citizen and three officers.
The newest Federal Way police officer is Shawn Warrick.
"We are very fortunate to have Shawn. He came to us as a lateral police officer," Wilson said. "He was a staff sergeant in the Air Force for four years, and was stationed in North Dakota for four years."
Warrick's resume is extensive, having worked as a corrections officer in Minnesota for four years, and as a police officer in Colorado Springs for seven years. According to Wilson, Warrick also has a bachelor's degree in criminal justice from the University of North Dakota. Outside of that, Warrick is also continuing something of a familial tradition by serving with FWPD, Wilson added.
"One of our long-standing lieutenants, who retired with us several months ago, is Lt. Stan Gordon," Wilson said, noting that Gordon's daughter is Warrick's wife, Chelsea. "We're continuing the connection, so we're really pleased to have that."
Wilson said that Gordon gave high praise to Warrick, citing Warrick's "character and integrity."
To date, there are 121 commissioned police officers and four vacant officer positions.
For the honors, citizen Michael Born was given the Police Chief's Citizen Commendation. According to Wilson, Born was integral in helping capture a suspect who was wanted by the state Department of Corrections.
"(Born) observed a vehicle that he knew was stolen and called 911," Wilson said. "He followed this car until the police arrived, and then directed them to the location. Our officers were able to take the information that Michael provided, were able to find the car, find the driver, and then make the arrest…Michael's willingness to get involved to make Federal Way a safer community earns him the Police Chief Citizen Commendation."
All of the officers honored during the June 4 meeting were awarded the Life Saving award. First up was Officer Travis Loyd, who was instrumental in saving an infant's life, Wilson said.
"Officer Loyd responded to an infant CPR in progress. Once on scene, he determined that the infant was not breathing, and began to provide unprotected mouth-to-trachea tube CPR on the infant until the aid crews arrives," Wilson said. "This action directly saved the life of the child."
The second officer honored was Officer Cole VanRuth, who also was instrumental in a CPR situation, Wilson said.
"On Jan. 3, 2013, Officer Cole VanRuth and Officer Grant Basset responded to Federal Way Dialysis to a assist a CPR in-progress of a 72-year-old client," Wilson said. "The officers, when they arrived, determined that the CPR that was in process was not being correctly applied…They took over this task until the aid crews arrived. Their quick actions, their coordination, brought this person back."