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Lakewood Officers Ryan Moody, Jon Waller Receive Washington State Law Enforcement Medal of Honor

The police officers received the state's highest law enforcement honor for meritorious conduct during a chase and shootout with a body armored car thief Dec. 9.

Today, Lakewood Police Officers Ryan Moody and Jon Wallter received the state's highest law enforcement honor for their actions during a dangerous chase and shootout Dec. 9.

The pair of Lakewood officers were honored with the Washington State Law Enforcement Medal of Honor in Olympia, with Gov. Jay Inslee and Attorney General Bob Ferguson on hand to hand out the honors.

In addition to Moody and Waller, fallen U.S. Park Ranger Margaret Anderson and Deputies Michael Northway and Joseph Spink from the Spokane County Sheriff’s Office also received honors.

Waller and Moody received the medal for meritorious conduct for their actions Dec. 9. Here's how the state described it:

On Dec. 9, 2012, Moody and Waller working together spotted a stolen vehicle. When they attempted to stop the vehicle, the driver fled at a high rate of speed onto an interstate highway. When it appeared the vehicle was stopping upon exiting the highway, Moody attempted to pin the stolen vehicle’s door with his patrol vehicle. However, the driver reversed the vehicle trapping Officer Waller in the patrol vehicle front passenger seat.

The driver then started shooting at both officers with a handgun.   Both officers returned fire, killing the driver, who was wearing several layers of body armor and had made prior statements threatening “suicide by cop.”

Neither officer was wounded.

Moody has served more than seven years and Waller more than eight with the Lakewood Police Department.

Congratulations, Officers Moody and Waller. You've made all of us proud.

Locked n Loaded May 04, 2013 at 02:14 PM
Good to see local police officers awarded like this. They put there lives n safety on the line everyday. We all sometimes say man I can't stand cops. But you also have to look at some of the jackasses they deal with on a day to day basis. If your following the laws a s beat as you can. You shouldn't have any problems with law enforcement. Congrats to the officers above n thanks for your continued service.
Linda May 04, 2013 at 08:00 PM
Awesome job by 2 of Lakewood's finest! Glad you are both ok :) It's officer's like you who make a difference in our neighborhoods. Thank you both!!!
Myst Rogue April 02, 2014 at 08:01 PM
Hello, i live in tillicum , i am neither a doper nor a criminal, but a (shhh ) tax paying citizen active in our community. the honors that these two police officers received is a travesty. I am the son of a police officer and i was AFD for two years myself. these two gentlemen need to reassess their definition of public safety, as right now;the only gang in Tillicum is them. my name and address is available upon request by e mail> I cannot wait

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