Wright City

Two Wright City police officers honored for heroism

By Jason Koch, Editor
Posted 10/24/23

Two Wright City police officers were awarded by the Great Rivers Crisis intervention Team council that covers Warren, Lincoln and St. Charles, Missouri, counties.

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Two Wright City police officers honored for heroism


Two Wright City police officers were honored for their life-saving heroics on Oct. 5.

Officer Scott Taylor and Detective Aaron Sutton were recognized by the Great Rivers Crisis Intervention Team Council that covers Warren, St. Charles and Lincoln counties.

The incident involved a male subject in crisis who set a home on fire while his family members were still inside. When officers arrived on scene, the man told them “someone is going to die today.”

Officers were able to eventually talk the man into exiting the residence, but shortly after walking out of his basement he again retreated into the home while carrying his dog. 

Officers entered the home and, amid two active fires and uncertain conditions, were able to subdue the subject and rescue the dog.

The officers were not employed by Wright City, and the incident did not occur within the city, but Chief Tom Canavan said the city was “proud to have officers of this caliber within our ranks.”

The officers were also honored during the Oct. 12 Wright City board of aldermen meeting.

“Thank you very much for your hard work, your heroism, your commitment to what you do as an industry,” Mayor Michelle Heiliger said to Sutton, who was in attendance at the meeting. “We appreciate that.”

About the author: Jason Koch is the editor of The Warren County Record, and covers local news and government for the newspaper. He has won multiple awards from both the Indiana and Illinois APME and from the Illinois Press Association. He can be reached at 636-456-6397 or at jason@warrencountyrecord.com

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