Apex officers honored for response to shooting

Posted June 21, 2010

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— The police officers who responded to a May 30 shooting at the Super Target were among the honorees at the annual Apex Police Department Awards Ceremony held June 16.

Cpl. Michael Prince, and officers Dan Kotlarek, Greg Bennett, Matt Hunter and Chris Myers were recognized for their response to the incident in which a man entered the store and shot a cashier before turning the gun on himself.

Officer Lindsey Tote, Officer Josh MacMonagle and Officer Charles Jones were awarded the department's Medal of Valor for confronting the gunman, Mervin Carroll Mims, without regard to their own personal safety.

Beverly Beacham, of the 911 center, and Capt. Ricky Martin, of the Wake County Sheriff’s Office, were also given awards for their roles in the response.

In addition to the awards, the department added two new officers -- Steven Clayton and Thomas Caloggero -- and promoted three.

Officer Steven Duckworth was promoted to corporal; Cpl. Kevin Herring was promoted to sergeant; and Sergeant C. Blair Myhand was promoted to captain, where he will command the department's  Investigative Division.


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  • leo-nc Jun 22, 2010

    Congrats to OustObama12 for having the best post on this story. I agree 100%. Some of you keyboard tough guys haven't a clue, and never will.

  • jenzinnia Jun 21, 2010

    No disrespect, and I truly do not want to open a can of worms, and cause anyone to be irritated, but I'm glad diver and foxyladync are not my boss. While I may not get kudos in the public realm for doing a good job and going over and beyond to support the business plan, I do get noticed within my company. Also got merit increases until the depression hit.
    In retrospect, I should have given a salute to our teachers, doctors and nurses, for they too contribute a valuable gift to all of us. Thank you very much for serving....whether it is with regards to teaching or healing. If you think about it, the common demoninator in all of these professions is serving the public. I feel like it takes exceptional and unselfish people to do that.

  • foxyladync Jun 21, 2010

    Diver, you do make a very interesting point. In the medical field I actually think you put yourself more at risk than a police officer (of course, depending on the area and field). In my opinion, the stuff you can't see can be consistently way more life threatening. AIDS, MRSA, hepatitis, tuberculosis, etc..... I don't see the nurses getting honored.

    Sorry, but I still can't get past the fact that Apex hired Jones. I live in Apex and absolutely love it, but I was really disappointed in that decision.

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  • diver Jun 21, 2010

    Thank You ReaderinApex.... and for you glockmaster, they knew what they were facing when they decided to go into law enforcement. How many of you hear are publicly honored for doing your JOB, what you chose to do...what you get paid to do. I work in the medical field with children and I dont get honored for doing my job, because its what I'm supposed to do!!! They should BE honored to do their job, not get publicly honored for doing it!!!

  • GLOCKMASTER Jun 21, 2010

    Thanks to the officers who had the courage to confront Mervin Carroll Mims and to a stop to the violence. Not all officers who raise their hand and take an oath have the courage to confront such situations.

    ReaderinApex why don't you take a job in law enforcement and let's see how much courage you have to confront the unknown everyday. It's a lot different in person than from behind a keyboard.

  • ReaderinApex Jun 21, 2010

    I am in agreement with diver, they are being honored? They responded? That's what they are supposed to do, 2 people are dead, nothing changed on the outcome of the incident. Seriously though, no disrespect, but really this isn't good news, just reminded me that 2 peope died that day and one really didn't deserve to die. Here these guys are getting rewards for what? Responding?

  • jprime Jun 21, 2010

    People who do their jobs well get recognized. Whether its in the form of medals, positive year end reviews, raises, promotions, etc. Thanks to these officers for keeping us safe.

  • oustobama12 Jun 21, 2010

    How many law enforcement officers go their entire careers without facing a gunman doing their jobs? Many more will never face danger like these did than will. For them to face danger in the way they did might be their jobs, but this day they their job demanded much more than the typical day.

    The military gives medals for valor and bravery, too. I guess our Medal of Honor winners would not impress some readers, as well.

  • jenzinnia Jun 21, 2010

    I'm feeling you kikinc and totally agree. God Bless the family of the slain woman and the shooter, our police officers, paramedics, firemen, 911 call center team, military and all others that protect and serve.