Top Cop Award presented to IMPD officer in Washington, D.C.

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WASHINGTON D.C. (May 12, 2015) – Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department (IMPD) Officer Greg Milburn received the prestigious Top Cop Award Tuesday night in Washington, D.C. The award recognizes officers who go above and beyond the call of duty.

Vice President Joe Biden spoke during the awards ceremony at the J.W. Marriott. He specifically mentioned the incident where Milburn was shot.

“Bullets didn’t stop you in the Brightwood neighborhood of Indianapolis either, you took cover and radioed critical information and took down the suspect,” said Biden.

A four-minute video was played during the award presentation to tell the story of the day Milburn was shot. Milburn gave a speech thanking his fellow officers, IMPD Chief Rick Hite and his family.

A fellow officer submitted his name for the award while keeping that submission a secret. At first Milburn thought someone was playing a joke on him when received a phone call to info him that he won the Top Cop Award. He soon realized that is was true and couldn’t believe it.

“It’s just… it’s all overwhelming, I took an oath and swore to do this and I take that very seriously and I don’t expect anything in return for it but I tell you what in this day and age with what’s going on with the police community it means a lot,” said Milburn.

The awards ceremony is put on by the National Association of Police Organizations (NAPO).

Milburn was shot in the line of duty last May when he responded to a disturbance call. When he showed up he had no idea he was about to come face to face with an armed suspect. The suspect, Quintico Goolsby, brandished a weapon and shot Milburn but he was able to return fire, striking the suspect. Goolsby killed Julia and Inity Morrow as they were on the phone trying to call the police.

“I responded to a lady that was crying out for help and as a police officer that’s what I’m supposed to do so I wasn’t doing anything special,” said Milburn.

Milburn’s fellow officers pooled together their own money to send his family to Washington, D.C. for the event. He is also thankful for a donation from the David S. Moore Foundation.

 

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