Two Yakima Residents Given Awards For Helping Police
Two people in Yakima were honored by the Yakima Police Department on Tuesday for helping officers arrest suspects involved in several violent crimes. The department awarded Clinton Hayes and Kyle Friedrich commendations for what Interim Police Chief Gary Jones called their “selfless and courageous demeanor”.
A news release from the city says “On March 26th, Clinton Hayes was on top of the roof of a local business working when he heard a woman down below screaming for help. Hayes realized the woman was being threatened by a male subject. While watching from above, he saw the male running away from the scene of where the woman had been screaming for help,” Jones says Hayes climbed down and ran after the man putting himself in harms way. Police were able to arrest the man shortly afterwards.
In the other case reported on April 15 police say Kyle Friedrich was driving in his US Postal Service truck when he noticed a man beating another man. A news release says "Friedrich placed himself into immediate danger by intervening between the victim and the suspect, preventing further assault and injury,” Jones said in the commendation for Friedrich. “The suspect fled and Mr. Friedrich gave chase on foot, catching up with him and knocking him to the ground and awaited police arrival.”
The ceremony Tuesday was held in front of the Yakima Police Department.