ALBANY, N.Y. (WBNG) — A fallen state trooper was posthumously awarded with a special honor for his actions in an incident that led to his slaying.
Governor Andrew Cuomo on Wednesday awarded Trooper Joel Davis with the New York State Division of Criminal Justice Services’ Lifesaving Award. The award is given to those who law enforcement officers who make courageous and unselfish acts that saves lives.
Davis was fatally shot while responding to a domestic dispute in Jefferson County in July 2017. Officials say Davis engaged the gunman as a woman and two children hid in a shed.
Davis’ family was presented with the award on Wednesday.
“Trooper Davis recognized a lethal threat and, without pause or concern for his personal safety, sprang into action to protect the lives of the innocent,” said New York State Police Superintendent George Beach. “His selfless actions shielded the lives of three individuals, who may have been killed without his intervention. This is the type of bravery we have come to expect and depend on in our troopers – the courage and self-sacrifice that should set the standard for all who carry our shield.”
Awardees are selected from the nominations for the New York State Police Officer of the Year Award.