A man who came to the aid of a Kansas City animal control officer who was being attacked and two women who talked a suicidal man down from a downtown bridge were among those honored Tuesday night by the Kansas City Police Department.
The ceremony took place at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Kansas City Regional Police Academy, 6885 N.E. Pleasant Valley Road.
The department recognized David Lyman, who took quick action May 25 when he saw an animal control officer being assaulted and intervened.
The officer’s alleged attacker, Ricky Allen Williams, 45, of Kansas City, is charged in Jackson County Circuit Court with assaulting a police officer, resisting arrest, vehicle theft, assault and armed criminal action in the incident.
The animal control officer went to the home in the 5700 block of Park Avenue to check on a dog that was not being properly fed and lacked shelter, according to court records.
While she was there, Williams allegedly choked the animal control officer with both hands and threatened to kill her.
That’s when Lyman, who was driving by the incident, pulled over to help.
Lyman grabbed Williams and pulled him off of the officer. Williams then allegedly attacked Lyman with a tire iron.
Lyman pulled a tool from his truck and forced Williams away from the animal control officer.
The two men wrestled. Lyman eventually pinned Williams.
While being pinned, Williams allegedly bit Lyman’s hand. Then Williams’ mother reportedly attacked Lyman, forcing him off the man. Williams jumped into Lyman’s truck and sped away but was later arrested by police following a vehicle pursuit, according to court records.
The police department also recognized two women who convinced a suicidal man to step back from the edge of a bridge over the Downtown Loop on April 6.
Others recognized during the ceremony included officers who stopped a group of catalytic converter thieves and another group of officers who helped the police department implement new safety measures for police arrest vans.
The department honored those who recovered evidence that enabled investigators to identify and arrest three men accused of shooting a Wyandotte County sheriff’s deputy. Two of those men have been convicted and a third man awaits criminal trial.