From left to right, Detective Brown, Deputy Peters, Deputy Smith, Senator LaRose, Senator Sawyer

Senator Frank LaRose (R–Copley) today honored four members of the Summit County Sheriff’s SWAT Team who recently earned the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s (FBI) “Shield of Bravery” award.

Senator LaRose jointly sponsored the resolution honoring the team with Senator Tom Sawyer (D–Akron), who also represents Summit County.
Receiving the honor were Detective Larry S. Brown, Deputies Danny E. Francis, Larry J. Peters, and Shane W. Smith, all of Summit County Sheriff Steve Berry’s Office.
“In a time when the title ‘hero’ is too often misapplied, we recognized four courageous men today who personify heroism as law enforcement professionals. They have been recognized for particularly noteworthy bravery exhibited in June of 2012 while serving an arrest warrant, but these men and many others like them routinely go far above and beyond the call of duty putting their own safety on the line to keep our community safe,” said LaRose. “We are blessed to have brave and highly skilled professionals like them working every day keeping our friends and families safe from harm.  These men and their families are owed a debt of gratitude which can never be fully repaid but today we could at least pause, and on behalf of a grateful state, simply say 'thank you for your service.'”
According to the FBI, the Summit County law enforcement officials were chosen for the honor due to their courageous act in arresting a member of a violent gang. During the encounter, the team met significant resistance and gunfire, but their quick thinking and courageous actions brought the dangerous situation to a peaceful resolution and put two wanted criminals behind bars.

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