Canyon County deputies honored for “extraordinary heroism”
Two Canyon County Sheriff’s Department deputies were among those honored Thursday at an Canyon County Courthouse awards ceremony.
Deputies Michael Roth and Brad Childers received honors for the heroic efforts they displayed in the line of duty. According to Canyon County spokesman Joe Decker, the two officers were both shot and injured in October during a foot pursuit of an armed and wanted felon. “Both deputies risked their lives for the benefit of others and displayed extraordinary heroism in combat with an armed adversary, which aided in his apprehension,” Decker said.
Roth and Childers both received the Combat Cross Medal and Ribbon and the Medal of Valor “for their outstanding professionalism and conduct.”
The Combat Cross Medal and Ribbon are awarded to a member who performs “an act of heroism in combat with an armed/unarmed adversary where a wound is received in the line of duty, inflicted intentionally by an armed/unarmed adversary, resulting in severe puncture wounds, lacerations, fractures or a concussion.”
The Medal of Valor may be awarded to “a member that voluntarily risks their life to an extraordinary degree, in saving or attempting to save the life of another person, or voluntarily sacrificing themselves in a heroic manner for the benefit of others.”
(photo: courtesy Joe Decker. Pictured from left to right: Chief Deputy Marv Dashiell, Deputy Michael Roth, Deputy Brad Childers, Sheriff Kieran Donahue)