HOUSTON, Tex. (KBTX) - Some local law enforcement officers were honored by the 100 Club in Houston Wednesday night.
Officer Patrick Bailey and Officer Liam Stewart with the Bryan Police Department and Deputy Jerry Basey with the Brazos County Sheriff's Office received Officer of the Year awards.
In all, 41 law enforcement officers and 21 firefighters from the Houston area were recognized for exceptional achievement.
Officer Bailey was honored for his efforts to rescue two people found floating in Lake Bryan last August. Despite being weighed down by his gear, he found a way to reach the victims and pull one to the shore. A civilian helped with the other victim. Officer Bailey continued performing CPR until paramedics arrived.
Officer Stewart is credited with saving a gunshot victim's life last October. He used his equipment to apply pressure to a serious wound. A surgeon later said Stewart's quick actions saved the man's life.
Deputy Jerry Basey received the award for several instances. Twice he safely took way weapons from suicidal people without injuries to them, himself or his colleagues. In another situation, he was able to get a get a burglary suspect walking down the highway to drop the large hunting knife he was carrying. No one was injured in that case, either.
The 100 Club is best known for providing financial assistance to families of peace officers and firefighters killed in the line of duty. Their average payout is 300,000 dollars per tragedy. In recent years, the 100 club has provided that assistance to several families in the Brazos Valley.
"We could not do what we do without the caring community support that we've had for 65 years. In 65 years we've grown from serving only Houston to serving 32 counties around Houston and every state officer in Texas," said William Skeen, the Executive Director of the 100 Club.