HR 304

Regular Session 2018
Clements, Hayden; Cline, Tyler and Reed, Andy, nominee for the 2018 Alabama Legislative Medal of Honor for Law Enforcement, commended
Resolutions, Congratulatory
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HR304 192604-2 By Representatives Sanderford, Baker and Rowe RFD: First Read: 06-MAR-18 192604-2:n:03/02/2018:JEC/jec LRS2018-1190R2 COMMENDING DEPUTIES ANDY REED, HAYDEN CLEMENTS, AND TYLER CLINE OF THE ETOWAH COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE AS RECIPIENTS OF THE 2018 ALABAMA LEGISLATIVE MEDAL OF HONOR FOR LAW ENFORCEMENT. WHEREAS, it is with great pleasure that we present Deputies Andy Reed, Hayden Clements, and Tyler Cline of the Etowah County Sheriff's Office with the 2018 Alabama Legislative Medal of Honor for Law Enforcement, Alabama's highest law enforcement award for extraordinary courage in the line of duty; and WHEREAS, on May 26, 2017, while on duty at the Etowah County Detention Center (ECDC), a multi-jurisdictional correctional facility in Gadsden, Alabama, that houses all levels of offenders, Deputies Andy Reed, Hayden Clements, and Tyler Cline responded to a fire set by Immigration and Customs Enforcement Agency (ICE) detainees in Unit 3, a maximum security housing unit; since 1998, ECDC has housed some of the most dangerous Immigration Detainees in the United States; on this particular day, five Immigration Detainees from Iraq, Cambodia, Vietnam, Nigeria, and Mali were plotting an alleged escape attempt; all five were violent offenders who were in the process of being deported to their native country; upon the deputies' arrival, they found the unit on fire, saturated with smoke, and filled with inmates; knowing that this unit housed among the most ruthless individuals in the Detention Center and that they were outnumbered three to one, the deputies entered the unit without hesitation; unable to see and forced to hold their breath each time, they entered the unit time and time again until all persons were evacuated to a safe area; after ensuring all were safe and the facility was secure, these deputies continued their work, despite suffering from smoke inhalation and exhaustion; the bravery and heroic actions exhibited by these men saved 22 lives; their courage and devotion to duty espouse the highest traditions of law enforcement service and reflect great credit upon themselves, the Etowah County Detention Center, and the Office of Sheriff, Etowah County, Alabama; their actions further demonstrate their love of country and their willingness to place their own lives in harm's way to defend freedom; now therefore, BE IT RESOLVED BY THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES OF THE LEGISLATURE OF ALABAMA, That we hereby recognize and honor Deputy Andy Reed, Deputy Hayden Clements, and Deputy Tyler Cline as recipients of the 2018 Legislative Medal of Honor for Law Enforcement and direct that they receive a copy of this resolution as evidence of our admiration and esteem.

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Action Date Chamber Action
March 6, 2018HJoint Rule 11