Three Quad Cities Area police officers recognized for putting themselves in harms way

Dubuque, Iowa - Three area heroes are recognized for their actions working the thin blue line.

Local Four News was the only station there as their bravery was honored.
Two officers from Davenport Police and Buffalo Police Chief TJ Behning were awarded the Iowa State Police Association Purple Heart.

The room of police officers and their family recognized the recovery of Chief Behning after he was injured in September 2017.

Todd Thoeming with the Iowa State Police Association described the events leading up to Chief Behning's injuries, saying. "[Logan Shoemaker] Deliberately ramming the garbage truck into the squad car."

Buffalo Police Chief TJ Behning said, "Got a lot of awards as an athlete. No idea where any of those are. This one I'll remember and the thing I'll remember about it is the care by Davenport PD."

Chief Behning has been back on the job completing administrative work for the department.

Davenport Officers Justin King and Brenda Waline also received Purple Hearts after injured trying to apprehend a suspect last November.

Thoeming said presenting the award, "Officer King saw the muzzle flash and felt the bullet hit him in the right side of the head. Officer King attempted to control the gun away from himself and Officer Waline."

Davenport Officer Justin King told Local Four News after the ceremony, "Fortunately, the actions of Officer Waline helped save my life that day and it's something that's not lost on me."

Iowa State Police Association started the Purple Heart award in 2013.

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