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Renton Sergeants, Detective, Officers Honored At City Council

Renton Police Chief Kevin Milosevich honors personnel with Meritorious Service Medal, Distinguished Service Medal, Norm Maleng Outstanding Law Enforcement Professionalism Award.

Renton Police Chief Kevin Milosevich honored seven department members for their outstanding service Monday evening at the Renton City Council meeting at City Hall.

Milosevich presented the Meritorious Service Medal to Sgt. Todd Frazier and Sgt. Tracy Wilkinson.

Frazier grew the Special Enforcement Team “from the ground up” and created a regionally recognized model, Miloseich said, calling Frazier, “the defenition of a leader.”

Wilkinson, who was selected to become a member of the Valley SWAT Team in 1996, was honored for his 15 years of service with SWAT. Wilkinson has been involved in more than 750 opperations, four of which included officer-involved shootings, Milosevich said.

“Wilkinson continues to display a calm and stalwart demeanor,” he said.

The Distinguished Service Medal went to Sgt. Steve Ritchie, and Officers Eric Stevens, Brian Augustyn, and Steve Rice (who was unable to attend) for their “heroic actions” during an apartment fire earlier this year.

“They placed their own lives in danger by running into a burning building,” he said.

Detective Andie Metzger received the Norm Maleng Outstanding Law Enforcement Professionalism Award for work on domestic violence cases.

swatdog October 19, 2011 at 02:38 AM
750 operations in 15 years? That means Wilkinson (not Watkins) had at least 2 SWAT operations per week for 15 years on average. I had no idea there was that much work for the crime ridden Valley with SWAT Ops. Perhaps a huge embellishment on the actual number by RPD? 750 operations = a SWAT God and I've not known Tracy by reputation to be one. Also, please tell me that there was something else that justified a medal other than being on SWAT for 15 years and showing up to work? The lack of clarity in the 4 officer involved shootings implies he was exchanging bullets on 4 occasions during those years. If that is the case, he is truly one unlucky SOB. If that is not the case, then that is a stretch to make him sound like he is Dirty Harry. I'd reckon he was "at" 4 scenes of a other officers exchanging bullets. Maybe once he did, but 4 times? That'd be an internal by the department because I've never met an officer yet that has been in 4 shootouts in this entire state. And did they have a fire sale on medals and awards at Renton? Show up to work on time and get a medal pinned on your chest? Nothing against the guys that ran into a fire, you guys deserve a raise!
Jason Krueger May 24, 2012 at 10:20 PM
"Miloseich said, calling Frazier, “the defenition of a leader.”" Oh boy. The department is in for a world of hurt if Frazier is the definition of a leader. Sgt Frazier will soon be Officer Frazier, that is if he is lucky to keep his job.
John Q. Officer August 24, 2012 at 03:14 AM
To Tracy's credit, he has been in SWAT a long time and I would not doubt the number of operations he's been involved with. I would say that Frazier has discredited the Meritorious Service Medal, but Tanya Gardanar discredited that medal when she got it for doing her job, then sleeping with a homicide suspect. Frazier keeps that medal's credibility in the toilet with his conduct unbecoming. His embarrassing emails are now online at the fuddlesticks.com website, so now the world can see the 'best RPD has to offer' really is. I don't have any sympathy for the bed he is sleeping in because he made it.
John Q. Officer August 24, 2012 at 03:18 AM
I also do not have the slightest belief that Todd Frazier is the "definition of a leader" as Chief Milosevich states. Sgt Frazier is destroying morale where ever he goes and sets a poor example for a 'leader'. I forgot to add to my post that my comments do not represent my department, blah blah blah.

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