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Dozens of officers honored at 18th annual luncheon

Police Chief Todd Schmaderer says it's important to award bravery.

A special day for Omaha's police force as they honored their own who've gone above and beyond in the call of duty.

The 18th Annual Officer of the Year Awards Luncheon was Wednesday.

Twenty-five Omaha officers received awards for their service in the line of duty.

One officer was awarded for saving a man who was having a heart attack, another for putting their life on the line.

Police Chief Todd Schmaderer says it's important to award bravery.

"It's the men and women, the officers that are out there every day under the worst of conditions sometimes, doing what is best for our community," Schmaderer said. "That's why it's important to honor them, and it's also an opportunity for the community and the police to interact, too because the community is very supportive of the police department and that makes us want to work even harder."

The 2017 Officer of the Year award went to Sergeant Stefan Davis.

Davis led the pursuit that ended in the arrest of Wesley Correa Carmenaty, the man who shot and kill Pottawattamie Deputy Mark Burbridge.

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