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Two Clearwater police officers honored for valor

CLEARWATER — Two Clearwater police officers were honored Thursday for their attempts to save a 32-year-old woman who drowned in July 2009.

Officers Rhobby Jenkins and Jonathan Yuen were awarded the department's Medal of Valor in a ceremony before a staff meeting Thursday morning.

Mary Gunner of Auburndale was reported missing on July 26, 2009, by friends. When the officers arrived and found Gunner floating in the water behind Chart House Suites hotel at 850 Bayway Blvd., they jumped into the water and swam nearly 20 yards to get to her.

When they were unable to lift her onto a nearby dock, Jenkins and Yuen placed her on a rubber raft and began CPR.

Though Gunner died, the officers "went above and beyond the call of duty," Clearwater police Chief Anthony "Tony" Holloway said in a statement.

"Their actions are commendable and show how much they care about the people they serve in this community."

Gunner's death was ruled an accidental drowning with alcohol as a contributing factor, police said.

The Medal of Valor, one of the department's highest honors, is awarded to a member who "intelligently and in the line of police duty performs an act of gallantry and valor above and beyond the call of duty, at imminent personal hazard to life and with knowledge of the risk," according to the statement.

Rita Farlow can be reached at farlow@sptimes.com or (727) 445-4157.

Two Clearwater police officers honored for valor 08/05/10 [Last modified: Thursday, August 5, 2010 7:31pm]
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