Lewiston Police Officer Receives Medal of Honor for Heroic Actions
Marisa Lloyd

Lewiston Police Officer Receives Medal of Honor for Heroic Actions

Lewiston Police Department

LEWISTON -- LPD Officer Eric Olson was awarded the Idaho Medal of Honor on May 12, 2020, for his heroic actions related to an incident in 2019. The Idaho Medal of Honor Commission voted unanimously to award Ofc Olson with this honor.

The presenting of this award was delayed because of Covid and Ofc Olson being in Alaska.

This incident occurred on April 27, 2019, with Daniel T. Cook knocking on the door of Nez Perce Tribal Police Officer Josh Rigney and opening fire on Ofc Rigney. Ofc Rigney was struck twice while opening the door.

Ofc Olson was the first Officer to locate Daniel T. Cook, at which time, Cook fired multiple gunshots at Ofc Olson. Ofc Olson returned fire and Cook fled the area. Ofc Olson continue to engage Cook even after his patrol vehicle was struck multiple times by gunfire.

The pursuit concluded in the 1300 block of Burrell Avenue where Cook then fired upon multiple Officers. Officers returned fire and Cook later died from his injuries.

Ofc Olson was nominated for the award with his fellow officers involved in the incident. Ofc Nick Krakalia, Det Brett Dammon, and Ofc Jacob Gunter will all be given a letter of commendation in acknowledgment of their bravery in this incident.

Ofc Olson retired on April 15th of this year.

Ofc Olson is the third LPD member to receive this honor. Sgt. Dustin Hibbard and Reserve Officer Jason Ewing were honored with this award in 2012 for saving a female from an apartment building fire in 2010.

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