Congratulations to Roseville Police Officer Kevin Johnson and Police Sergeant Jeff Lopez. Officer Johnson and Sergeant Lopez recently were honored by the Minnesota Chiefs of Police Association with the Lifesaver Award.
Officer Johnson and Sergeant Lopez, along with police officers from Red Wing and Hill City, were selected from law enforcement officers from across the state to receive the award. The Lifesaver Award is presented to law enforcement officers whose actions rise above the normal course of duty and involve extraordinary performance or significant risk in the course of a lifesaving action.
Officer Johnson and Sergeant Lopez were recognized for their exemplary work in disarming a person who was attempting suicide. The officers were called to the scene of a Person in Crisis and found a man who had begun stabbing himself with a knife. The pair quickly interceded and their actions saved the man’s life.
Officer Johnson has been a police officer with the Roseville Police Department since 1998. He has been involved in numerous leadership roles, including as a use of force and firearms instructor and is a member of the officer advisory committee. He has also served on a police officer hiring panel. Officer Johnson has received nine Unit Citations, 13 letters of commendation and a long list of thank you letters from the public.
Sergeant Lopez has been a police officer with the Roseville Police Department since 2015. He has been involved in numerous leadership roles, including field training officer, and is a member of officer advisory committee. He has served on a police officer hiring panel, spoken with numerous college classes on criminal justice issues in the community and arranged the department’s involvement in a fundraiser for RAHS basketball. Sergeant Lopez has four Unit Citations, one previous lifesaving award, three letters of commendation, and a long list of thank you letters in his file.
“Sergeant Lopez and Officer Johnson acted heroically and with great courage,” said Police Chief Erika Scheider. "Without hesitation, they rushed in and took decisive action, deescalating the man’s actions. Thanks to their professionalism, a life was saved and the individual was able to get the help he needed.”
The Minnesota Chiefs of Police Association is a professional association and the voice for police executives in Minnesota. Its mission is to enhance the quality of police leadership. The association was founded in 1954 as a training and social organization to network and exchange ideas between and among law enforcement executives.