Police officers promoted, awarded, bid farewell
August 27, 2008 · Updated 4:22 PM
ARLINGTON Arlington Police officers were promoted, awarded and bid farewell at the Sept. 4 City Council meeting.
Erik Moon was promoted to the position of master patrol officer, and Arlington Police Chief John Gray cited the numerous accomplishments that earned him his new rank, from on-site emergency coordination to supervising the departments police explorer post.#
That second stripe on his shoulder means he can lead a team, Gray said. In his eight years here, hes grown and developed, and its a testament to him that our explorer post won best post of the year in its first year.
Gray also wished Pete Shove well, since hes transferring to the Marysville Police Department after five years in Arlington. Like Moon, Shove came to Arlington with prior law enforcement experience, which Gray cited as a boon to the citys police department.
Hes distinguished himself as a leader, Gray said. He was chosen as employee of the year by his fellow officers. Hes upgraded our technology and served as vice president of the Arlington Police Officers Association.
Shove was one of five officers to receive awards from Gray and Arlington Mayor Margaret Larson, for saving the life of 38-year-old Arlington resident Patrick Doohan, June 24, on the 6900 block of Noble Drive.
Shove and Arlington Police officers Emma Davis and Mike McQuoid responded to a single-vehicle motorcycle collision at approximately 5:13 a.m., which turned into a search for the injured driver after the officers found only a damaged vehicle and a significant amount of blood at first.
Oncoming Arlington Police officers Ronnie Johnstone and Jay Schwartzmiller assisted Shove, Davis and McQuoid in contacting local emergency rooms and conducting a door-to-door search of the local neighborhood, since the vehicle registration database was unavailable at the time.
When the officers eventually arrived at the residence of the vehicles registered owner, the house was secure and no one answered the door, but because they found evidence that the injured driver was inside and in serious condition, they received permission from the on-call supervisor to enter by force.
The officers found Doohan in the bedroom, covered in blood and non-responsive, and provided immediate aid while summoning paramedics.
Gray asserted that the officers literally went above and beyond the call of duty, by continuing to follow up on their suspicions that Doohan had sustained potentially life-threatening injuries, which were proven to be correct.
Its an emotional thing for me to be here, Doohan said to the officers at the City Council meeting. I dont know how youre supposed to thank someone for saving your life. There were so many times that you could have given up on me. If you hadnt followed through, I wouldnt be here.