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New EPD officers ready to hit the streets

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Eight new Evansville police officers are ready to hit the streets. 

The officers were sworn in on Monday and commended for making the commitment to the city. Chief Billy Bolin says many of the new officers have extensive experience. 

14 officers also received merit awards for their heroic actions in the community. Several of the officers received the award for using tourniquets in emergency situations.

Officer Kurt Chapman received a bronze merit award for saving four children from a runaway bus outside the Ford Center, and Officer Lonnie Rahm received a bronze medal for his quick thinking during a fatal car accident. 

"Myself and another officer performed CPR on a lady who was trapped in a car for about 35-45 minutes. It just turned out tragically. We're sorry it happened. All of our officers would have stopped to see if they could help. I'm very proud of the police department and I'm sure that in my place, anyone of the officers would have stopped to help," Rahm said.

Rahm is a 38-year-veteran of the department and his seventh merit award. 

The eight new officers welcomed are:

Matthew Taylor 
Bryan Schmitt
Nathan Jones
Ahmed Affifi
Mario Reid
Ray Smith Jr.
John Porter Jr.
Herbert Adams 

Bronze Merit Awards were awarded to:

Dave Brown
Kurt Chapman
Marcus Craig
Matt Hastings
Jonathan Helm
Bryan Hirshman
Steve Kleeman
Jackie Lowe
Phil Luecke
Lonnie Rahm
Mark Saltzman
Steven Toney
Cameron Werne

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