Bronze Medal of Valor - Lott; Mills

Prince George's County Police, Valor Awards

Incident #1

Walters
Sergeant Brian Lott
Bronze Medal of Valor
Byrd
Corporal Anthony Mills
Bronze Medal of Valor

On September 26, 2007 officers responded to an address in Clinton for a residential breaking and entering in progress. This call was particularly unique in the fact that an 11-year old child was inside the residence hiding under a bed as this was occurring. The child observed the suspect ring the doorbell numerous times and then heard glass breaking in the rear of the residence. The young child called her mother who then notified police.
Corporal Mills arrived and observed an unsecured garage door in which the lock had been damaged. He also observed a broken window in the kitchen door which led into the interior of the residence.  Sergeant Lott immediately arrived on the scene.  Both officers were aware that a young child was in the residence and that the suspect may still be inside.  As the officers assessed the tense situation, Corporal Mills observed the suspect in the window of a second floor bedroom where the child was reported to be hiding.
Fearing for the safety of the child inside the residence, Corporal Mills began giving the suspect verbal commands from ground.  Without regard for his own safety, Sergeant Lott entered the residence in an attempt to locate the potentially armed suspect and ensure the safety of the young girl.  Sergeant Lott located the suspect on the second floor as Corporal Mills continued to give the suspect commands.  Sergeant Lott apprehended the suspect and the child located unharmed.  For their bravery and willingness to place themselves in unusual danger, Sergeant Lott and Corporal Mills are awarded the Bronze Medal of Valor.

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