On September 17th, 2016, a man dressed as a security guard began stabbing shoppers at the Crossroads Mall, when an off-duty Avon police officer intervened. A year and a half later, Officer Jason Falconer is being honored with a congressional medal.
“Congress created the Law Enforcement Congressional Badge of Bravery to recognize officers like Officer Falconer whose actions demonstrate remarkable courage in active duty,” said Sen. Tina Smith.
Every year, ten state and local authorities across the nation are recognized for their bravery by the U.S. Attorney General. The badges are presented by the recipients’ Congressional representatives.
Officer Falconer received his badge this morning at a ceremony in the Saint Cloud police station. Rep. Emmer, Sen. Klobuchar, Sen. Smith, Mayor Kleis, and the Avon Chief of Police Corey Nellis spoke on Falconer’s act of bravery, each stressing his humility.
Nellis said, “He’s given the statement before that he thinks any police officer given the circumstances would have done what he did, and I’d like to believe that to be true, but I don’t know if anyone would’ve. I think he was the right person at the right place at the right time.”
The audience also consisted of community members, some traveling from as far as Eden Prairie to witness the commemorate him. “It’s good to know that we have great officers like Falconer out there,” said attendee Albert Born.