Officer receives Medal of Valor

By Frances Taylor - Staff Writer
East Hartford - posted Mon., Dec. 12, 2011
Officer Jeffrey Otis of the East Hartford Police Department was awarded the chief's Medal of Valor from the Hartford Police Department. Courtesy photo. - Contributed Photo

Officer Jeffrey Otis, a member of the East Hartford Police Department, was recently awarded the Medal of Valor by Chief Darryl K. Roberts of the Hartford Police Department. Otis, a 13-year veteran of the EHPD, helped to save the life of another officer when a suspect rammed the officer with his car.

“You intelligently performed your duty at grave and imminent personal danger, engaging in successful combat with an armed and dangerous adversary,"  Roberts said in a statement, following a ceremony held in Hartford.

The incident occurred in Hartford, in February, when several officers were attempting to subdue an armed robbery suspect on Weston Street. The suspect rammed the police cars, fled in his car and escaped to East Hartford, where Otis and another officer, Jorge Ortolaza, pursued him. The two officers got out of their cars and attempted to remove the suspect from his car. The suspect again rammed both individual officers with his car, pinning Ortolaza against another car. Otis and two Hartford officers fired shots at the suspect, which ended the incident.  Otis is an investigator assigned to the criminal investigation division of the EHPD.

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