The Medal of Meritorious Service was bestowed upon two Emergency Response Diving International (ERDI) Instructors, Mike Franklin and Dale Autry, by Oklahoma’s oldest law enforcement organizaion: the Oklahoma Sherrif’s and Peace Officers Association (OSPOA) on February 21, 2014.
This prestigious award was presented to Franklin and Autry after a Rapid Water Callout where they saved the life of a Intensive Care Unit (ICU) nurse while on her way to work. The nurse’s vehicle was caught in swift water and washed down stream as she was unable to escape. Franklin and Autry note she was near death by the time they arrived.
Although many deserving officers save lives every day, the many factors leading up to this call out set Mike Franklin and Dale Autry apart for the Medal of Meritorious Service.