Grants Pass Police Officer Honored

GRANTS PASS, Ore. — A Grants Pass police officer is being honored for stopping a man with a gun.

In December, Grants Pass police were assisting the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office in a sex offense investigation. When they arrived at a Grants Pass home, they told a man inside to keep his hands where they could see them. The man instead tried to shove his hand between the cushion in his chair.

Grants Pass Police Officer Dave Daniel saw this, and acted quickly to knock a gun out of the man’s hand. It turns out the suspect had been reaching for a 30-caliber revolver, which Officer Daniel says has the potential to shoot through a bullet proof vest.

For his actions, Daniel is being awarded the Medal of Honor by the Department of Public Safety on Wednesday night, but he says he was just doing what any police officer would do in the same situation.

“We all face those dangers on a daily basis. So on behalf of all of us, I’m really grateful for the honor. I just ask the public out there to support us the best they can, and thank an officer if they get the opportunity,” said Daniel.

Officer Daniel has served with Grants Pass Police since 1995, after spending 3 years with Oregon State Police. Daniel will be honored tonight prior to the Grants Pass City Council meeting at 6 p.m.