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Riverton police chief thanks citizens
Award recipient Clifford O'Connor held the award given to him by Riverton police chief Mike Broadhead. Photo by Alejandra Silva

Riverton police chief thanks three citizens

Dec 7, 2012 - By Alejandra Silva, Staff Writer

Riverton police chief Mike Broadhead presented three citizen awards at the city council meeting Nov. 20.

Liz Manzanares, Clifford O'Connor and Charlie Needham were each given recognition for "stepping up," and for the direct service they provided to the city and the police department.

"The city can really not function without the support of the community," Broadhead said. "These folks really did a little extra."

With 30 burglaries being reported on the north and east side of the city, police had no suspects.

Resident Needham assisted in capturing those at fault after he reported suspicious activity. Because of details Needham reported to the police, several stolen items were also returned. After that, burglaries in that area diminished.

O'Connor saved the life of two women who were attacked by two large dogs.

"O'Connor, who lived nearby, heard the commotion, grabbed a handgun and came to the aid of the victims," the award read.

Manzanares helped lead police to the capture of a suspect that emerged from a police investigation. During the investigation police were unable to find the suspect, and Manzanares knew of the suspect's location and reported it to police. Broadhead thanked her for assisting despite the risk to herself.

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