NORMAN — Norman Chamber of Commerce Crime Stoppers Committee hosted its 16th annual public safety banquet Thursday to recognize and honor those keeping the community safe.
Twelve people were awarded during the banquet from the seven public safety agencies in Norman including the Cleveland County District Attorney’s Office, Cleveland County Sheriff’s Office, Norman Police Department, Norman Fire Department, Norman Regional Health System’s EMSStat, University of Oklahoma Police Department and the Mary Abbott Children’s House.
As the agencies came together to celebrate another year of public service, a special thanks was given to everyone in the room by OUPD Chief Liz Woolen after the events that unfolded at the university Wednesday involving a report of shots heard on campus.
Woolen thanked Norman police and fire for their quick response to the scare. The initial contact entry team, which involved Norman and OU police, was described to her as a great team effort, as if the officers worked in the same department, she said.
As Norman Fire Chief James Fullingim presented the 2014 Firefighter of the Year, the crowd gave the loudest response of the night to recipient Capt. Jack Ingram.
“This year, I have the privilege to present to you the Firefighter of the Year that represents the future of our organization and our continued success,” Fullingim said.
Ingram joined the department in 1999 and has been actively involved throughout his career.
At the beginning of last January, an 11-year-old girl fell into an icy pond after venturing out onto the pond at northeast Lions Park. Two firefighters put life vests on to go into the pond and rescue the girl, but Ingram threw a rope out first, which landed near the girl on the first attempt.
Ingram pulled her out of the icy water, where she had been unable to touch the bottom.