DECATUR, Ala. (WAFF) - The Decatur Police Department honored six officers for their heroic work on Wednesday.
State Senator. Arthur Orr presented Detective Sean Mukaddam, Detective Jeffrey McRae, Officer Jonathan Espino, Officer Jacob Bentley, Officer Darius Carr and Officer Walter Segars with an Alabama Senate Resolution for “Acts of Heroism”.
These officers are recognized for being heroes on, and off duty. Here are their stories.
Officers Darius Carr and Walter Segars
On June 28, 2020 Decatur Police Officers were called to help catch an escaped prisoner, they didn’t realize then they would be saving the prisoners life.
While searching the area for the suspect, Officer Darius Carr noticed something different about the area of an air-condition duct leading up to the roof of a building. Officer Carr scaled a six-foot brick wall leading to the roof of the hospital, Officer Walter Segars following right behind him.
The suspect was found standing on the ledge of the roof, warning that he was going to jump. Officer Carr ran over and grabbed the man’s arm as he jumped off the roof, catching him just before falling more than 30 feet to the ground.
Officer Carr and Officer Segars pulled the man back to safety on the roof.
The suspect was taken back into custody without injury thanks to the quick actions of Officers Carr and Segars courage.
Officer Jonathan Espino
On May 20, 2021 Officer Jonathan Espino responded to a medical call where he found a man struggling to attempt CPR on his mother.
Relying on his training, Officer Espino knew to check the woman’s vitals and began CPR. Just before medical personnel arrived, the woman’s heart started beating as she began to grasp for air.
This woman is alive today because of Officer Espino.
Officers Jacob Bentley, Jonathan Espino and Detective Jeffrey McRae
On May 24, 2020, Officers Jacob Bentley, Jonathan Espino and Jeffrey McRae courageously ran into the dangerous scene of a triple homicide.
The three officers arrived to a home knowing several people had been shot and the shooter was still possibly in the area. They quickly ran into the house hoping they could help the victim, aware they could encounter the shooter at any moment.
The officers heard a victim inside the house yelling for help, but couldn’t find a clear way in.
That’s when the officers split up to find any opening possible. One officer forced a door open, and another climbed through a window. Once inside, officers found two dead victims and another clinging to life.
The officers were able to secure the home, help the victim and did not hesitate when faced with danger.
Detective Sean Mukaddam
While off duty, Detective Sean Mukaddam was driving home when he pulled over to check out what looked like a car accident.
Detective Mukaddam found an unresponsive driver and quickly pulled the driver out of the vehicle to administer CPR.
He continued compressions for several minutes with the help of an off-duty nurse until first responders arrived and could take the driver to the hospital.
These six officers and their acts of heroism will be recorded in our state archives for any to read and learn about in years to come.
“You don’t really think about it when you’re going to it,” said Detective McRae. “You just do the best you can and usually when you have good officers that are around you, it makes it easier you know, you rely on each other.”