Police officers and citizens honored

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by Mike Strehlow

Milwaukee--There were some incredible stories of bravery among those sworn to serve and protect and those who don't have a badge but were ready to act during the Milwaukee Police Department's Merit Awards Program Wednesday evening.

"Hello everyone," said Marine Lance Corporal Kumasi Allen-Minley via Skype from a U.S. base in Japan.

Allen-Minley, his sister Kameelia, and their friend Jeffrey Bass helped lead police to a man who had strangled and stabbed a woman to death September 4th in Reservoir Park.

"I never imagined in a million years that I would ever have to go through something like that or even be put in that position. I was just grateful that nobody else got hurt," Kameelia Allen-Minley told CBS 58's Mike Strehlow.

Also honored were two Milwaukee Police officers who faced a knife-wielding suspect.

Officers Michael Urbaniak and Scott Voeks confronted a man who had just stabbed his mother in a south side hardware store in April of last year.

They ordered him to drop his weapon. He refused and then moved toward the officers, at which time Voeks opened fire.

"Officer Urbaniak then provided first aid to the woman who had been injured by the suspect, while Officer Voeks gave first aid to the suspect," said MPD Spokesperson Anne E. Schwartz.

10 citizens and nearly 50 law enforcement officers were recognized during the event.

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