An officer from the Fremont Police Department, who saved a woman held at knifepoint, received one of the state's highest awards at the Police Officers Association of Nebraska Annual Conference in Kearney. Nebraska Attorney General Jon Bruning presented the Certificate of Valor to 14-year Fremont police veteran, Officer Kurt Pafford, for "demonstrating extraordinary courage when responding to a potentially deadly situation".
Officer Pafford responded to a call outside Fremont city limits to help Dodge County Sheriff's deputies, August 19, 2010. When he arrived on the scene, Pafford acted quickly under pressure. He used a Taser to subdue a suspect who was holding a woman with a knife. Both the victim and the suspect survived the potentially deadly situation.
The Nebraska Attorney General's Office Law Enforcement Extraordinary Service Awards are presented annually after law enforcement officers statewide submit nominations. The Fremont Police Department has also presented Officer Pafford with its second highest honor, the Medal of Valor.