Sgt. Seth Fisher of the Ravenswood Police Department recently received a letter from President Donald Trump commending him for saving a life.
Fisher was presented with the letter during a 7 p.m. meeting of Ravenswood City Council on Tuesday.
Fisher saved the life of a woman in June during a shootout on the Four-Lane in Ravenswood.
During the incident, a suspect was involved in a domestic situation with the victim. The suspect allegedly held the woman against her will at gunpoint, having purchased the firearm the same day.
When officers tried pulling the suspect’s vehicle over, the woman jumped out and the suspect began shooting at her while she was on the ground trying to take cover behind a police vehicle, police said.
McFarland allegedly spotted officers and began firing at them as well, police said.
Fisher returned fire, hitting the suspect multiple times. Fisher was not harmed. The suspect, Billy Joe McFarland, went to the hospital and survived. He was eventually indicted by a Jackson County grand jury.
In his letter, Trump praised Fisher for his heroism.
“I recently learned of your heroism and wanted to extend my sincere appreciation for your courage as a member of our Nation’s law enforcement,” Trump said in the letter. “I stand strongly with you and your fellow officers who, even at the risk of personal peril, willingly confront danger to protect our lives, liberty, and property. Melania and I send our best wishes to you as you continue to serve the people of Ravenswood. May God bless you.”
Chief Lance Morrison said he was proud of Fisher’s conduct and willingness to place himself in harm’s way to protect citizens.
“Receiving a presidential letter is a big deal. I’m very proud of him,” Morrison said.
The letter is one of several commendations and awards Fisher has received since the incident.