On Friday, at the annual Shawnee Police Foundation 2017 awards banquet, SPD Chief Mason Wilson and Foundation Chairperson Beverly Ledbetter presented the Civilian Service Award to Dillion Burge, Justin Honeycutt, Taylor Klause and Emily Ragsdale. The group — after observing a domestic disturbance Dec. 1 in the parking lot at Walmart — stepped in to protect the woman from physical assault.

On Friday, at the annual Shawnee Police Foundation 2017 awards banquet, SPD Chief Mason Wilson and Foundation Chairperson Beverly Ledbetter presented the Civilian Service Award to Dillion Burge, Justin Honeycutt, Taylor Klause and Emily Ragsdale. The group — after observing a domestic disturbance Dec. 1 in the parking lot at Walmart — stepped in to protect the woman from physical assault.

“During the encounter, the suspect produced a knife, stabbing Burge in the chest multiple times,” emcee Chris Thomas said.

Burge's friends called 911 and an SPD dispatcher talked them through emergency care, he said.

“Through the care of his friends, emergency medical first responders, and the hospital medical staff, Dillion was able to survive the attack,” Thomas said.

In a society that often looks the other way or embraces a “not my problem” mentality, Thomas said these four young citizens stepped in to protect another from harm.

“Their bravery and actions are commended,” he said.

Announced as this year's Officer of the Year was SPD Cpl. Beau Bohuslavicky.

Read more about those awarded and honored during the SPF ceremony in Sunday's edition of the Shawnee News-Star.