The Irving Police Department is proud to announce that Officer Travis Allen and Officer Brendan Fowler are recipients of the Fifth Annual Attorney General’s Award for Distinguished Service in Community Policing. United States Attorney General Merrick B. Garland recognized these officers on March 17, 2022, for their efforts to respond to a drowning in progress in the winter of 2021.
A family had ventured out onto the ice-covered pond to take photos, but the father and mother had fallen through the ice into the frigid waters. When Officer Fowler arrived on scene, he threw a lifeline out to both, telling them to wrap it around themselves. Officer Allen arrived next and communicated with Fowler to develop a rescue plan. Irving Fire Department arrived and assisted by sliding two ladders onto the ice, but the mother was succumbing to the cold and began to go under the water. Officer Allen immediately crawled out on the ladder and held the woman’s face above water. A firefighter crawled out on the other ladder as the ice broke under Officer Allen, dumping him into the water. Allen and the firefighter quickly managed to lift the woman onto the ladder. Other officers on the scene made sure that everyone was attached to the ladder and pulled the ladder onto the shore. The husband was responsive, but the wife was unresponsive and showed signs of hypothermia onset. Both were then transported to the hospital, where both recovered.
United States Northern District Attorney Chad E. Meacham said, “Building trust between law enforcement and the community is essential to public safety. These officers exemplify that ethos. Their bravery and quick thinking during a drowning-in-progress ensured a loving family remained intact. I was immensely pleased to see Attorney General Merrick Garland recognize their work.”
The Irving Police Department is proud of these officers, thankful for the U.S. Attorney’s Office for recognizing their efforts, and appreciative of all our employees who excel at their profession in protecting those who live and visit the City of Irving daily.