Cookeville officers awarded Life Saving Medals

Cookeville Police Department Officers Caleb Rubel (left) and Wesley King (middle) were awarded the Medal for Life Saving award at the Nov. 18 City Council Meeting by Chief Randy Evans (right).

By Michelle Price
Special to the UCBJ

COOKEVILLE – Cookeville Police Department (CPD) awarded officers Wesley King and Caleb Rubel the Medal for Life Saving award at the Nov. 18 City Council Meeting. The officers were nominated for the award for rendering lifesaving treatment to a male subject who had been shot on Oct. 8, 2021.

“It is my privilege and honor to honor these officers for their heroic acts,” said Police Chief Randy Evans. “Without their actions, quite potentially, this young man would have lost his life that day.”

Evans went on to commend these officers for remaining calm and relying on their training in a way that has enabled this young man to substantially recover from this incident.

The commendation reads:

Officer King and Rubel responded to a male subject who had been shot multiple times at 203 Freedom Ave., on Oct. 8, 2021. Officer King and Rubel were able to render first aid to the victim. Officer Rubel was able to remove the victims clothing while officer King collected items needed to render first aid. The two officers placed a tourniquet and emergency trauma dressing on his leg. The officers continued to look for more wounds and continued to talk to the victim. They remained calm under a stressful situation and worked as a team. Due to their actions, they potentially saved the victim’s life with their life saving efforts.

Chief Evans shared that both of these officers have only been with the CPD for around one year.

“I think the future looks bright for us (CPD), and the future looks bright for them as well,” said Evans. 

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