Civilian Honored for Assisting EPD in Difficult Arrest
Last night at the Eureka City Council, Eureka Police honored a civilian, Tom Sanders, for his assistance of two officers when a suspect was resisting arrest. Yesterday, Captain Steve Watson explained, “Tom saw two of our officers, exhausted, desperately struggling with a violently resisting drugged up man & rushed to help them subdue him.”
According to the EPD,
On the morning of April 14, 2017, Officer Greg Hill and Sergeant Ed Wilson were dispatched to the 200 block of ‘Q’ Street on the report of a male subject who appeared to be siphoning gas from a vehicle belonging to the reporting party’s neighbor. When the officers attempted to detain the male, who was not being truthful about his identity, he refused to comply with their commands and started resisting. The male began physically fighting with them. At one point, the suspect tried to grab Officer Hill’s baton. Multiple defensive tactics techniques were used to try to gain control of the suspect; however, he continued to fight and resist. After an approximately 2 ½ minute struggle with the suspect, during which time the officers were becoming exhausted, a nearby neighbor, Tom Sanders, came to their aid. Tom assisted by pulling the suspect’s left arm out from underneath him and placing it behind his back so the officers could handcuff him. During the struggle, Tom even received some residual shock from a Taser yet still maintained his grasp on the suspect.
Officer Hill had this to say about Tom’s actions: “I commend Tom Sanders for his assistance in detaining the suspect. At the point when Tom stepped in to assist us, Sergeant Wilson and I were beyond exhausted, and if not for Tom’s assistance, there is no telling how much longer the suspect would have continued to fight us.”
Sanders received the EPD’s Valor-Service Challenge Coin Award. “We’ve only handed out a few of these awards since the program’s inception. It’s a rare and well-deserved honor for which Tom was nominated by the officers whom he helped,” Captain Watson explained.