9 FBI employees, local law enforcement officers receive honorary medals

CLEVELAND - Nine Federal Bureau of Investigation employees and officers from partner law enforcement agencies serving the Northern District of Ohio each received one of the two highest honors presented by the FBI Friday morning.

The Shield of Bravery honors officers for brave and courageous acts in the line of duty or recognizes significant assistance to a task force or undercover operation, grave situations or crisis confrontations associated with the FBI's highest priority cases, according to a FBI Cleveland Division news release.

The FBI Medal for Meritorious Achievement acknowledges extraordinary and exceptional meritorious serve in the duty of extreme challenge and great responsibility, achievements in connection with criminal and national security cases, or a decisive, exemplary act that protects or saves life in severe jeopardy in the line of duty, the release states.

Five members of the Northern Ohio Law Enforcement Task Force earned the Shield of Bravery for their pursuit and arrest of drug traffickers involved in a nonfatal shooting of a source during the operation.

The officers secured the source, assisted in the medical transport and arrested the suspects. Recipients include Detective Michael Alexander, Detective Todd A. Clark, Detective James Cudo and Detective Elbin Negron, all with the Cleveland Division of Police, as well as Detective Parker A. Adrine, Jr., Shaker Heights Police Department. Two Northern Ohio Law Enforcement Task Force members were honored with Meritorious Achievement awards for their role in the situation. Supervisory Special Agent Michael A. Brunswick, FBI, and Lieutenant Michael T. Connelly, Cleveland Division of Police, both received the award.

Four Summit County Sheriff's Office SWAT team members received the FBI's Shield of Bravery for their courageousness during the arrest of a violent gang member under investigation by the FBI-led Greater Akron Safe Streets Task Force. The suspect's father fired at the SWAT team as they tried clearing the suspect's residence. The team arrested both the primary suspect and his father despite the gunfire.

Honorees include Detective Larry S. Brown, Deputy Danny E. Francis, Deputy Larry J. Peters and Deputy Shane W. Smith, all with the Summit County Sheriff's Office.

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