Boise Police Department
News Release

William L. Bones
Chief of Police

Contact: BPD Media Relations Office


Monday, November 03, 2008

11-03-08 Airport Officers Awarded for Bravery, Service

11-03-08 Airport Officers Awarded for Bravery, Service


    Boise, Nov. 3, 2008 - Two Boise Police Officers, part of the Airport Patrol Division, were honored recently for their bravery and service. The honors are the first given by Boise Police to airport officers since the airport patrols were integrated into the operations of the Boise Police Department. 

     Airport Officers Robert Cook and Matt Jacobs were given the Police Bronze Star. On June 4th, 2008, Officers Cook and Jacobs responded to a citizen's call of a disorderly person on the second floor of the air terminal. The officers found a woman outside on the upper roadway by the crosswalk to the parking garage. After talking with the subject, the officers started to walk away, when suddenly, she threw her suitcase off the upper roadway, down to the lower pick up area. The officers ran back toward the woman and caught her just as she tried to jump herself. The officers were able to pull her back to safety. The officers quick, action and courage are credited with saving the woman's life.

    Officers Brian Gestrin and Anthony Damer, two officers who are part of the Boise Police partnership with TSA canine explosive detection teams, were were invited to assist in security patrols at the recent Republican National Convention in Minneapolis. Officer Damer and his canine Walker, and Officer Gestrin and his canine Yuma, worked on site and dignitary protection in 11 to 12 hour shifts from August 28th to September 7th. The officers and their four-legged partners were given appreciation honors for their service from the TSA.

    Congratulations to these officers for their fine service to the citizens of Boise, the traveling public, and their service to our country.