More than two dozen Fresno police officers were honored for exceptional work Tuesday in a City Hall ceremony.
The awards, presented by Chief Jerry Dyer, included medals for lifesaving, exceptional performance and heroism. (Full list of honorees)
Among the ceremony’s highlights was the Van Meter award given to officer Jon Linzey. Harry Van Meter died in the line of duty on Feb. 1, 1907 when he was shot and killed while checking a business. He had been on the force only a year when he died and left behind a wife and child.
Linzey won the award after he was involved in a fight for his life after he answered a call of a suspicious person and was ambushed by man shouting, “Kill me! Kill me!”
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The officer was struck in the head repeatedly by the man, who was armed with a knife, and the fight continued until backup officers arrived. Police later learned the man had killed his girlfriend’s roommate and stabbed the woman as well.
Linzey sustained cuts on his head, ear and forearm.