FRESNO COUNTY, California - Two Fresno County Sheriff's deputies and a correctional officer were each presented with an Award of Valor.
The California Peace Officers Association awarded deputy's Brandon Pursell and Arley Terreence
and correctional officer Michael Porter during the Cops West Training & Expo in Palm Springs on Monday.
They were recognized for their heroic efforts during a shooting in the lobby of the Fresno County jail last year. They rescued officers Toamalam Scanlan and Juanita Davila, who were critically injured during the shooting.
As shots rang out in the lobby of the jail on September 3, 2016 Correctional Lieutenant Michael Porter responded to the lobby area and immediately exchanged gunfire with the
Numerous Fresno County Sheriff's deputies responded to the main jail once they received the call of an active shooter. Sgt. Terrance and other officers held the suspect at gunpoint while Lieutenant Pursell and two Fresno Police officers pulled Correctional Officers Scanlan and Davila out
of the lobby. Lt. Pursell, Sgt. Terrence, and Fresno Police worked together to take the suspect into custody.