On July 10, 2020 Sgt. Thomas McGinty was notified that there was a possible gunshot victim lying on Canal Street near Magnolia Bluffs Hotel. Sgt. McGinty contacted E911 and responded to the area where he found a male subject that had been shot multiple times. Sgt. McGinty along with other responding deputies, Sgt. Mike Kracek, Ruston Cavin, Lee Turner, and off-duty NPD Officer McKenzie Taylor immediately started applying pressure to the wounds and tourniquets where appropriate. Undoubtedly, the efforts of these selfless law enforcement officers contributed to the survival of the victim.
Today these law enforcement officers are presented with the ACSO Distinguished Service Medal. The Distinguished Service Medal is awarded to any person who while serving in any capacity of Law Enforcement has distinguished himself or herself by exceptionally meritorious service in a duty of greater responsibility.