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Pulaski officer is Employee of Month

PULASKI — When Pulaski Police Officer R.J. Davis took an individual to an area hospital, the last thing he probably expected was to have to subdue a man with a sword.
But that’s the situation Davis found himself facing at Carilion New River Valley Medical Center on May 20, and his efforts to get the situation under control earned him Pulaski’s Employee of the Month honors Wednesday.
Apparently, the hospital’s regular armed police officers were not available, and there were no police officers from other jurisdictions there at the time of the incident.
Reading from a press release prepared by the town, Pulaski Mayor Jeff Worrell pointed out that Davis heard a disturbance in the hospital and went to check out the situation.
“He encountered a male subject carrying a samurai sword and dressed in oriental fighting attire,” Worrell said of Davis, who has been with the Police Department since 1992.
When Davis ordered the subject to “drop the sword,” the man “raised the sword over his head and screamed, ‘I’ll cut you in half,’ “ Worrell said.
At that point, the subject turned to walk away and went into a waiting room, where he “started chopping at a locked door that blocked his retreat.”
According to the press release, Davis attempted to subdue the subject, but the technique he used then was not successful. At that point, Davis left the room and secured the door so as to isolate the subject from the public.
Davis was then able to talk to the subject and get him to put down the sword, but it was still within the subject’s reach.
“Officer Davis entered the room and deployed a second technique which was successful and the person was secured without injury,” Worrell read from the release.
“It doesn’t tell us what the second technique was,” Worrell commented.
“Officer Davis’ quick action prevented innocent people and hospital personnel from being injured or killed by this distraught individual,” Worrell said. “The force employed was restrained and commendable given the circumstance and the fact that Officer Davis did not have assistance from other police officers at the time. Officer Davis’ actions represent those of a true professional and are a credit to himself and the Pulaski Police Department.”
As an Employee of the Month, Davis will receive an additional paid day off and will be eligible for the Employee of the Year award.

Pulaski officer is Employee of Month

PULASKI — When Pulaski Police Officer R.J. Davis took an individual to an area hospital, the last thing he probably expected was to have to subdue a man with a sword.
But that’s the situation Davis found himself facing at Carilion New River Valley Medical Center on May 20, and his efforts to get the situation under control earned him Pulaski’s Employee of the Month honors Wednesday.
Apparently, the hospital’s regular armed police officers were not available, and there were no police officers from other jurisdictions there at the time of the incident.
Reading from a press release prepared by the town, Pulaski Mayor Jeff Worrell pointed out that Davis heard a disturbance in the hospital and went to check out the situation.
“He encountered a male subject carrying a samurai sword and dressed in oriental fighting attire,” Worrell said of Davis, who has been with the Police Department since 1992.
When Davis ordered the subject to “drop the sword,” the man “raised the sword over his head and screamed, ‘I’ll cut you in half,’ “ Worrell said.
At that point, the subject turned to walk away and went into a waiting room, where he “started chopping at a locked door that blocked his retreat.”
According to the press release, Davis attempted to subdue the subject, but the technique he used then was not successful. At that point, Davis left the room and secured the door so as to isolate the subject from the public.
Davis was then able to talk to the subject and get him to put down the sword, but it was still within the subject’s reach.
“Officer Davis entered the room and deployed a second technique which was successful and the person was secured without injury,” Worrell read from the release.
“It doesn’t tell us what the second technique was,” Worrell commented.
“Officer Davis’ quick action prevented innocent people and hospital personnel from being injured or killed by this distraught individual,” Worrell said. “The force employed was restrained and commendable given the circumstance and the fact that Officer Davis did not have assistance from other police officers at the time. Officer Davis’ actions represent those of a true professional and are a credit to himself and the Pulaski Police Department.”
As an Employee of the Month, Davis will receive an additional paid day off and will be eligible for the Employee of the Year award.