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Rep. Day helps honor heroic corrections officer David Boyce

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (Dec. 19, 2008)  Rep. David Day, R-Dixon, joined the Missouri Department of Corrections in honoring David Boyce for his heroic actions that saved the life of a co-worker at South Central Correctional Facility. Boyce, who lives near Swedeborg, received a House Resolution from Rep. Day as well as the Director’s Award of Valor during a ceremony on Dec. 19 at 10:30 a.m. in the visiting room of the South Central Correctional Facility.

On Aug. 14, Officer Boyce was the first to respond when an inmate used two homemade weapons and physical force to restrain a therapist at the facility. Officer Boyce and a second officer entered the room, disarmed the offender, and moved the therapist to safety. For his courageous act and the great personal risk he took to save a co-worker from harm, Officer Boyce was chosen to receive the Director’s Award of Valor from the Missouri Department of Corrections. The award recognizes and honors staff members who have performed outstanding heroic services, particularly in lifesaving situations.

“Officer David Boyce epitomizes everything we could ever ask for in the members of our law enforcement and corrections community. His service to this state has been exemplary in every way,” Day said. “He has given us a shining example of what it means to be a hero and there aren’t enough awards or praise we can give him to express just how grateful we are for his courageous actions. It’s an honor for me just to play a small part in honoring this great hero.”

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