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Councilman James to honor Officer Lamont Washington at Metro Council meeting on Thursday

Friday March 9, 2012

For Immediate Release:
Majority Caucus
Louisville Metro Council
Contact: Tony Hyatt 574-4137/526-3622

Councilman David James (D-6) will honor a special guest at Thursday night’s Metro Council meeting as a way to show appreciation for one of Louisville Metro Police’s finest, Officer Lamont Washington.

“We are lucky to still have Officer Washington with us today – and we’re so proud of his courageous efforts to keep our streets safe,” says James.

This past February, while responding to a home invasion, Officer Washington encountered three burglars and chased one through an alley. While jumping a fence he was shot, but instead of falling to the ground and calling for help he simply kept going – radioing his location and describing the assailant. Within 19 minutes of the time Officer Washington was on the scene all three burglars were in custody and he was on his way to the hospital.

Officer Washington was shot twice - Once on the thumb but the other shot came within a millimeter of taking his life. If it weren’t for his badge and his vest that deflected the second bullet that was shot at him he’d be in a much worse situation than he is today.

“There is no more important objective for our government than to keep our citizens safe – and without reservation I can say that I feel safer knowing we have officers like Lamont Washington protecting us,” says James.

Officer Washington has been on the police force for merely a year. After graduating from the academy in June of 2010 he took his first ride in the 6th Division in January of 2011 and transferred to the 4th Division under Major Kim Kraeszig a few months after that.

He was born and raised in Louisville in the Newburg area where his parents, Lamont and Dianne still live. He attended Seneca High School and then U of L and JCC and now resides in the Clifton area.

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