Hennepin County Sheriff Rich Stanek presented awards to Sheriff’s Office personnel and personnel from other agencies for lifesaving acts, heroic actions, and outstanding achievements in law enforcement during a ceremony on April 28.
“I am proud to celebrate the accomplishments of these men and women in law enforcement who are truly an inspiration,” said Sheriff Stanek. “Each award recipient went above and beyond the call of duty to serve the residents of Hennepin County.”
The Medal of Valor, one of the highest awards a deputy or law enforcement officer can receive from the Sheriff’s Office, was presented to Hennepin County Sheriff’s Deputy Matthew Hagen and Maple Grove Police Officer Jesse Mathwig. On Jan. 29, both men rushed to the aid of a victim trapped in a burning vehicle following a crash on Highway 169. Deputy Hagen and Officer Mathwig fought through smoke and fire to rescue the victim from the vehicle, ultimately saving his life. The Medal of Valor is awarded for an act of distinguished gallantry or valor, intelligently performed, while conscious of danger.
Also during the ceremony, Sheriff Stanek presented other members of the Sheriff’s Office with awards for several life-saving acts and for performing outstanding law enforcement services. In addition, Sheriff Stanek also recognized recently promoted personnel, and conduct a swearing-in ceremony for 11 new detention deputies and 16 new Deputy Sheriffs.