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TFPD awards banquet, officer Barclay receives posthumous Medal of Valor

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By Rachael Giffoni

Those with the Twin Falls Police Department gathered in the Herrett Center for a special awards ceremony.

For the past 15 years the department recognizes employees and officers who have gone above and beyond the call of duty.

They've shown dedication: hard work: and diligence. Twin Falls Police are recognizing the 'unsung heroes' of their department.

Police Chief James Munn said, “From dispatch, un-sworn people, to police officers, it's an opportunity to recognize some outstanding work."

Some are recognized for their marksmanship. Others, for difficult cases and putting their lives on the line.

For Police Chief Munn this awards ceremony is a bittersweet one. On Monday he'll officially be retiring. He said, "I'm going to miss everybody, but, I'll bug them! I'll be around."

The highest honor at the ceremony is the Medal of Valor, an award only given out once before. It's presented posthumously in honor of Ken Barclay, an officer involved in a horrific shoot-out resulting in the death of his fellow officer, on May 7th 1939.

His son, Jim Barclay, is here to accept it.

When asked what Barclay’s father would think about receiving the Medal of Valor, he simply said, his father was just doing his job.

Barclay said, "He would have been very proud of it. However, he would have wanted the focus on the men and women of the department who are working today to protect the citizens of Twin Falls."

It's a phrase summing up what many in law enforcement represent.


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