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EPD honors two local residents for bravery

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EUREKA- The Eureka Police Department honored two local residents for going above and beyond to help protect the community.

Police Chief Andrew Mills presented Valor Service Challenge Coins to Mark Steinke and Jaime Petersen at Tuesday night’s Eureka City Council meeting for selflessly assisting law enforcement. Steinke held a suspect’s legs down during a felony warrant arrest last June, while an EPD Officer struggled with the violently resisting suspect. Petersen was on duty as a public safety officer at Bayshore Mall in February, when he pepper sprayed and restrained a woman who was allegedly attacking a mall employee with a knife.

"These things are what make eureka fantastic and what makes Eureka great, people who are willing to put themselves out for others and some people aren't willing to do this and we recognize that.  But at the same time, some can… This is just a recognition and saying thank you for that," said Police Chief Mills.