A Vernon County Sheriff’s Office employee was awarded with the Life Saving Medal on
Wednesday as a result of an incident that took place in late March just outside of Nevada,
MO. Vernon County Sheriff Jason Mosher announced that Detective Brett Dawn
received the medal at the June Patrol meeting along with a letter of commendation.
According to Mosher, Detective Dawn responded to a report of a suicidal subject armed
with a knife. While trying to talk the subject into putting the knife down, the subject
turned the knife towards their chest, at which time Detective Dawn grabbed the subjects’
hands and pulled the knife away from their chest. The subject was tackled and responding
personnel helped take the knife away. The subject was then transported to a hospital for
Sheriff Mosher said Detective Dawns quick response, recognition of the severity of the
situation and immediate action resulting in a life being saved. Detective Dawn was issued
a letter of commendation and received the VCSO Life Saving Medal as a result. “Law
enforcement officers are often overlooked for the good they do. This was a situation that
could have turned out much differently but ended without any injuries so we are proud to
be able to recognize Detective Dawn for his actions” said Mosher.