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Posted on: December 17, 2021

Three Golden Valley Officers Recognized For Heroic Efforts During Vehicle Pursuit And Crash

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On Sept 1, 2020, the Crystal Police Department was involved in a vehicle pursuit near the northern border of Golden Valley. After hearing reports of the situation, Golden Valley Police Sergeant Dan Wilcox and Officers Isaac Dahl and Trevor Weinmann made their way to the area to assist if needed, and what transpired when the officers arrived on scene turned out to be a life-saving effort.

After finding a SUV inside the living room of a two-story home near 32nd Ave and Independence Ave in New Hope, Wilcox and Weinmann ran into the house and discovered a victim pinned under a pile of debris. The front tire of the SUV was resting on the person's chest.

While Wilcox assessed the victim's medical condition, Weinmann crawled over debris and into the SUV's driver seat. Knowing the victim wouldn't survive long pinned under the vehicle, Weinmann put the SUV in reverse and slowly backed off the victims chest. Not knowing the structural condition of the building after the vehicle was removed, Dahl worked with other first responders to stabilize the vehicle and the house while Wilcox and Weinmann worked to successfully extricate the victim. 

"The selfless actions of Sergeant Wilcox, Officer Weinmann, and Officer Dahl were instrumental in saving the victim's life that night," said Police Chief Scott Nadeau. "Their actions reflect the highest traditions of the profession of policing and of the Golden Valley Police Department."

Because of their efforts on scene, tending to and extricating the victim, and for putting the safety of others before themselves, Nadeau presented Wilcox and Weinmann with the Golden Valley Police Department's Certificate of Merit at the Dec 7, 2021 Council meeting. Dahl was presented with a Letter of Recognition for his work with other first responders on scene.

See image (Back row from L to R: Officer Isaac Dahl, Sargeant Dan Wilcox, Officer Trevor Weinmann. Front row: Chief Scott Nadeau, Commander Dave Kuhnly)

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