Rockland honors Police Officer Addison Cox with Bravery Award

Thu, 05/17/2018 - 11:15pm

    Rockland Police Officer Addison Cox has been awarded the Silver Star for Bravery Award of the National Awards Program of the American Police Hall of Fame. The members of the Rockland Police Department joined in commending Officer Cox for his  valor and service. 

    The Silver Star Award is issued for the following actions: 

    On February 12,2018, Officer Addison Cox was the first emergency responder to an apartment fire at Fieldcrest Aparments at 175 Rankin St.  Officer Cox confirmed an apartment was on fire with flames coming from a second story window. 

    He made contact with a male and removed him to a safe distance in the parking lot. Officer Cox then ran to other apartments and started pounding on the doors and yelling to occupants to evacuate. He ran back to the apartment that was on fire when he was told a woman was still inside. He physically removed the woman after she tried to return to the apartment for her belongings and got her to safety. He continued to run to apartments to assist in removing the remaining occupants. 

    Officer Cox’s professionalism in a life threatening situation is evidence of his dedication to serve the public as a law enforcement officer. His diligence and bravery is an admirable model for all officers to follow. 

    The Rockland Police Department and the staff of the American Police Hall of Fame congratulate Officer Cox on this nomination and award.

    “We wish him continued success in his role as a law enforcement officer,” said Rockland Police Chief Bruce Boucher.

    Patrol Officer Addison Cox has been with the Rockland Police Department since April 19,2016. He attended the Maine Criminal Justice Academy Basic Law Enforcement Training Program graduating in May of 2017. Prior to joining the Rockland Police Department, Officer Cox, a veteran, was on active duty with the United State Marine Corp. from 2012 to 2016. 

    About the award: “The National Association of Chiefs of Police in a joint effort with the American Police Hall of Fame started a National Awards Program more then 40 years ago to fill the void of recognition for worthy American law enforcement officers. The vast majority of recognition law enforcement officers receive is negative press in the local news. It is not often that their good deeds get noticed and are rarely mentioned.”