Rapid City, S.D. –The Rapid City Police Department will hold a medal presentation for Officer Tim Doyle on Wednesday, Sept. 14 at 7 p.m. in the Central High School gymnasium. The public is welcome and encouraged to attend the ceremony.
Police Chief Steve Allender will present Officer Doyle with the Distinguished Service Cross, which is given to officers who distinguish themselves by demonstrating exceptional bravery despite an imminent risk of bodily injury or death. In addition, Doyle will receive the Purple Heart medal, for a serious physical injury received in the line of duty.
“We have faced tragedy together, we have grieved together, and now it’s time to celebrate together,” Allender said. “It’s the best ending we have to this terrible story, and we want to share it with the public.”
On the afternoon of Aug. 2, Officer Doyle and two other Rapid City Police Officers stopped a group of four people acting suspiciously. It started as a routine stop, but after just a few minutes, one of the men pulled out a concealed pistol and fired at the officers. Despite being shot in the face, Officer Doyle quickly drew his duty weapon and fired to protect both his fellow officers and nearby citizens from harm.
Officer Doyle left the hospital one week after the shooting, and two weeks later he assumed his duties as a school liaison officer at Central High School. His strength, determination and positive spirit have been instrumental in his quick recovery, as well as the support of his family, friends, fellow officers, and the Rapid City community.
“We are all working to heal and move forward,” Allender said. “This ceremony is an opportunity to come together as a community and show our appreciation for an outstanding officer.”