Fort Hays State University police officer honored for saving girl from possible injury

Officer Johnathan Rupp

HAYS, Kan. (KSNW) – A Fort Hays State University police officer is being recognized for his actions that prevented a joyous time from possibly turning tragic during the 2018 FrostFest Parade.

A young girl darted out in front of a pickup in the parade. In a flash, officer Jonathan Rupp skidded his bicycle to a stop between the youngster and the truck. 

At Friday’s Kansas Association of Chiefs of Police Valor Awards Banquet in Topeka, Rupp received the Silver Life Saving Award in honor of his decisive action at the parade. 

His boss, Fort Hays State University Police Chief Ed Howell, was on hand for the presentation. 

The truck driver in the parade hit his brakes when he saw Rupp suddenly appear in front of him – and was able to stop in time. Neither Rupp nor the girl were injured. 

Rupp was on bicycle patrol while assisting the Hays Police Department at the time of the incident. 

Lt. Tim Greenwood of the HPD said that Rupp was so close to the truck that when the driver came to a stop, he could have touched the vehicle’s hood. 

“I was in the right spot at the right time. I did what I had to do,” Rupp said. 

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