The Bullhead City Police Department awarded Charles Moran, 88, with the Citizen’s Medal of Valor, the department’s highest award given to a civilian, for helping an officer in trouble.
About one month ago, Officer Troy Teske responded to a local bank for a man attempting to fraudulently cash a stolen check. The man was arrested but later complained his handcuffs were too tight. When Officer Teske opened his patrol door to assist the man, he attempted to escape police custody. Although he was still handcuffed, he fought with the officer and stated he was not going to jail.
In the bank parking lot, 88-year-old Charles Moran saw Officer Teske in a serious struggle and he did not hesitate to come to his aid. Without any concern for his own safety, Mr. Moran took control of the man, causing him to stop resisting. Mr. Moran’s assistance prevented the situation from escalating and allowed Officer Teske to gain control of the man before he could escape, cause harm to innocent citizens and further injure the officer.
A small ceremony was held on Wednesday at the police department with Mr. Moran’s family to honor him for his courage and bravery. Mr. Moran, an 88-year-old Bullhead City resident and Army veteran, said receiving the Citizen’s Medal of Valor was “the greatest thrill of his life.”