Kansas City police Thursday night honored the heroic actions of a 9-year-old boy who rescued his younger brother from the midst of a shooting rampage that left their mother and grandmother dead.
The life-saving award, normally only given to members of the Kansas City Police Department, was presented to Jason J. Smith II by Police Chief Darryl Forté.
Others honored in the ceremony at the Kansas City Regional Police Academy, 6885 N.E. Pleasant Valley Road, were officers William Von Wolf and David Barbour, who captured and disarmed a man who pulled a gun inside a hospital last August. The gun was later linked to three shootings and one homicide, police said.
And more than 150 investigators and crime lab personnel were recognized for their work in identifying, capturing and convicting a suspect in the Waldo rape case.
Jason’s award stems from his quick thinking on July 28, 2011, when his mother’s former boyfriend came into their east Kansas City home and shot his grandmother while she was holding his 2-year-old brother.
The gunman then left the room and Jason picked up his little brother, put him on his back, and ran to a neighbor’s house for help. The gunman then shot Jason’s mother.
The boy met with detectives and helped lead them to the suspect, who killed himself the next day as police moved in to arrest him.
Jason also had witnessed the murder of his father in 2005 during a home invasion robbery, according to police.