Chief Broadhead recognized Liz Manzanares for putting herself at risk to help identify a felony suspect. (Ernie Over photo)

By Ernie Over, managing editor, county10.com

(Riverton, Wyo.) – Police Chief Mike Broadhead last week presented Citizen Appreciation Awards to three Riverton residents during a regular Riverton City Council Meeting.

“Police cannot function without the support of a community,” Broadhead said in introductory remarks. “The community work with us hand in glove, and each of these three recipients helped us directly. These folks did a lot and one put herself at some risk.”

Receiving the awards were Liz Manzanares for helping police locate a suspect wanted in a felony assault case; Clifford O’Connor who came to the rescue of two women being attacked by dogs by shooting one of the dogs and driving the other off, preventing further injury to the victims; and to Charlie Needham whose observations of a suspicious vehicle in his neighborhood led to the arrest of a suspect wanted in some 30 separate home burglaries in the county and in Northeast Riverton and the recovery of stolen items. The three were recognized, respectively, for Manzanares’ willingness to put the needs of the community above her own, for O’Connor’s willingness to come to the aid of a fellow citizen, and for Needham’s attention to detail and willingness to work with police to solve a rash of criminal activity.

“I am pleased to hear about citizens involved in our community,” said Mayor Ron Warpness. “We need citizen involvement.”

After each award was presented, a standing ovation followed from the nearly full gallery.

The Chief honored Charlie Needham whose information on a suspicious vehicle led directly to the arrest of a suspect involved in a large number of burglaries in the Riverton area. (Photo by Ernie Over)

Receiving a certificate for coming to the aid of two women who were being attacked by several dogs was Clifford O’Conner. (Ernie Over photo)