Evansville Police Department Crime Analyst Curt Todd received the Theodore Roosevelt Association Award today during a ceremony at the Victory Theater. The national award is given to police officers who are injured in the line of duty. Todd is the first officer from the state of Indiana to receive this national award.
On January 17, 1995, Officer Todd was an Evansville Police officer assigned to Motor Patrol when he responded to a local apartment complex to assist an elderly female who had fallen in her bathroom. Due to the location she had fallen, the door could not be opened.
Officer Todd and members of the Evansville Fire Department spent two hours trying to free the woman and get her medical treatment. Once freed, she was taken to a hospital to recover.
During this incident, Officer Todd ruptured blood vessels around his spinal cord. Within days of the rescue, he lost feeling in his legs and has been paralyzed from the waist down ever since. He was forced to take a medical retirement from the police department. He has since become a civilian employee and continues to contribute to the City of Evansville today.
As a crime analyst, Curt monitors crime trends in the city and relays the information to the patrol and detective divisions. His information is used to ensure resources are utilized in the most effective manner.
*Story from www.evansvillegov.org
*Picture courtesy of www.14news.com
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