On October 28, 2016, a 38-year-old woman called 911 after finding her ex-boyfriend waiting for her. The ex-boyfriend kidnapped the woman by placing her in the truck of her own car. The 911 call the victim made turned out to be instrumental in finding both her and the suspect before any serious injury occurred.
The initial call was handled by a Metro dispatcher who relayed the kidnapping information to law enforcement. Both the Sioux Falls Police Department and Minnehaha County Sheriff’s Office used that information to find the victim and arrested the suspect.
On Wednesday, November 30, several awards were presented to the emergency service providers involved in rescuing the victim.
Metro Communications Director Paul Niedringhaus presented an Exceptional Service Award to Shift Supervisor Chelsea Kouf. Director Paul Niedringhaus also presented a Life Saving Award to Metro Shift ‘A’ for their work in assisting with this incident. Shift ‘A’ staff are: Jason Meyer, Lenora Giles, Robyn Logan, Robert DiMercurio, Joseph Pudas, Dustin Odegard, Teresa Johnson, and Tyler Fettes.
Sioux Falls Police Chief Matt Burns presented a Division Commendation to Sergeant Rob Forster and a Shift Commendation to Sergeant Tim Hagen, Sergeant Tommy Schmitz, Officer Bryan Brink, Officer Robert Draeger, and Officer Jeff Gillespie.
Minnehaha County Sheriff’s Office Captain Mike Walsh presented a Division Commendation to Sergeant Joe Bosman and Deputy Aaron Walton.
The quick actions of all involved led to a rescue of the victim from her captor within an hour of the initial call.