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This Medal for Heroism recognizes outstanding bravery and self-sacrifice in the face of imminent danger, i.e., acts which involve great personal courage and risk to the recipient. It is intended primarily for acts by civilians not in uniform but does not exclude police, firemen, and SAR members. It is not intended to recognize acts that would have been covered by armed forces medals for valor. The medal may also be presented posthumously.
The recipients of this award for the year 2022 are:
The Heroism Medal will be awarded posthumously to Independence Police Department Officer Blaize Madrid-Evans who was shot and critically wounded in the line of duty during an armed encounter. Officer Madrid-Evans succumbed to his injuries and passed away on September 15, 2021. Officer Blaize Madrid-Evans was shot and killed when he was dispatched to the 2300 block of South Northern Boulevard to check for a wanted subject at a residence at about 11:30 am.
As officers encountered the wanted subject the man opened fire and critically wounded Officer Madrid-Evans. Other officers on the scene returned fire and killed the subject.
Officer Madrid-Evans was transported to a local hospital where he succumbed to his wounds later that evening.
Officer Madrid-Evans had graduated from the academy only two months earlier and was still in field training. He is survived by his parents and fiancée.
The Heroism Medal will be awarded posthumously to Overland Park Police Department Officer Michael Shaun Mosher. He was off duty in uniform when he pursued a suspect after an apparent hit-and-run accident. Police reports say the suspect stopped his vehicle, Mosher approached, and a shootout began. Officer Mosher passed away from his wounds on May 3, 2020.