Falconer Honored For Bravery
Steven Coursolle | Apr 5, 2018 AT 12:23 pm
(KNSI) - Officer Jason Falconer received the Congressional Badge of Bravery for his heroic actions to stop the Crossroads Center stabber in 2016.
Senators Amy Klobuchar and Tina Smith, Congressman Tom Emmer, Mayor Dave Kleis, Avon Police Chief Corey Nellis and St. Cloud Assistant Police Chief Jeff Oxton all thanked Falconer for his bravery.
"God bless you for your family's selfless sacrifice to protect this great community," said Emmer.
Mayor Dave Kleis said Falconer was a real life hero.
Falconer said he was very honored to receive such an award and thanked the St. Cloud Police Department for their professionalism.
The Avon officer was off-duty at the mall shopping for his kids, when he shot and killed an attacker with a knife.
He remained humble at the ceremony at the St. Cloud Police Department, thanking his family and even throwing in a little sarcasm.
"And obviously family and friends for their support throughout this, actually I kind of thought it was said and done and over, and then we have this, it's all good."
Senator Klobuchar talked about first hearing that an off-duty police officer shot and killed the attacker on September 17, 2016.
"And I remember the mayor telling me this officer from Avon, he saved everyone's lives, and that was true."
Assistant Chief Oxton said Falconer did what every officer hopes they don't have to do.
"He used the necessary force to stop the threat, he did that so that all those people that might have been harmed, would not be, he did this at great peril to himself, to the way of life he knows, with his family and everybody else in his mind."
Senator Smith thanked him and said that central Minnesota became closer after his actions in a moment of crisis.
Officer Falconer is the first member of law enforcement from Minnesota to receive the Congressional Badge of Bravery Award.