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Valparaiso police honor three officers for exemplary actions while on duty

Three Valparaiso police officers were honored at the Valparaiso City Council meeting this week. Officers Pat Yokovich, Ruben Ingram and Alex Smith, pictured with Chief Jeff Balon and Assistant Chief Mike DeHaven, received honorable mention awards. 

Three Valparaiso police officers were honored at the Valparaiso City Council meeting this week.

Officers Pat Yokovich, Ruben Ingram and Alex Smith received honorable mention awards.

The three were cited for their efforts May 6 in rescuing a man from a burning apartment building in the 400 block of Greenwich Street.

Yokovich was also presented the Lifesaving Award for his actions Jan. 17. Yokovich was responding to a call of a potential suicide, responded to the home and rescued a woman who had attempted to hang herself.

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Porter County reporter

Joyce has been a reporter for more than 38 years, including 23 years with The Times. She covers municipal and school government in Valparaiso and Portage.