Orem police award Officer Joe Shinners ‘Medal of Valor’

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SALT LAKE CITY (ABC4 News) – A Provo City police officer who was killed in the line of duty is recognized by Orem Police Department.

On January 5, 2019, Officer Joe Shinners was shot and killed while attempting to arrest a fugitive in Orem.

Police said Shiners “bravely and selflessly jumped into action.” Although he was mortally wounded, Shiners was able to return fire and injure the suspect. Officers were able to take him into custody preventing him from hurting anyone else.

Ahead of Shinners’ funeral Saturday, the Orem Chief of Police announced Shinners would be awarded the Orem Police Department Medal of Valor for his “brave and gallant” actions that night. 

The department said the Orem Medal of Valor is the most distinguished award presented to a sworn officer. It is awarded for performing courageous acts above-and-beyond the call of duty and involving risk or imminent danger to their lives and performed for the purpose of saving or protecting human life.

The award signifies that Officer Shinners’ actions were so outstanding that it clearly distinguishes his courage as extraordinary.

Officer Joseph Shinners is the first recipient of the Orem Police Department Medal of Valor. His name will forever be displayed and honored on a plaque in the halls of the Orem Police Department.

Officer Shinners will be laid to rest Saturday, January 12, 2019. 

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