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Delaware County Deputy Honored for Heroic Actions in Hopkinton

A Delaware County Sheriff’s deputy who took heroic action to protect the Hopkinton community and surrounding area last fall has received a special honor.

On Monday, Deputy Matt Menard was honored with Delaware County’s Medal of Valor.

On the morning of November 7th, 2023, Deputy Menard was advised of a shooting that had occurred in Monticello. According to Delaware County Emergency Management, Deputy Menard immediately took proactive measures to protect Johnston Elementary in Hopkinton in case the suspect headed north. A short time later, he received information that a vehicle matching the description of the shooter’s vehicle was in Hopkinton. Deputy Menard took immediate action, locating the vehicle and positively identifying the suspect. Deputy Menard attempted to peacefully take the suspect into custody, but he was ultimately forced to discharge his rifle – striking the suspect. He then rendered immediate aid.

Delaware County Emergency Management Coordinator Mandy Bieber says Deputy Menard’s actions on that day undoubtedly prevented further loss of life and further injury to himself and innocent bystanders – and that’s why he is the first deputy to be honored with the Delaware County Medal of Valor. 

Deputy Menard was nominated for the Medal of Valor by his co-worker, Deputy Travis Hemesath. 

A brief ceremony was held in the courtroom of the Delaware County Courthouse on Monday afternoon, with Deputy Menard’s family and co-workers attending, along with county personnel and staff and administrators from the Maquoketa Valley school district.

Maquoketa Valley Superintendent Dave Hoeger says the school district is very appreciative of Deputy Menard’s actions that day. “The day that Matt engaged with the shooter was very scary for local schools and especially for Johnston Elementary. Hopkinton was the closest town to Monticello and so we were immediately concerned when we learned the gunman was not detained. Matt was providing updates to the school district that morning, which helped us make important safety decisions. We are all so grateful that Matt was in Hopkinton, either sitting in our school parking lot or patrolling nearby. It is regrettable that Matt had to engage with the shooter, but the Maquoketa Valley School community and other local schools as well are extremely grateful that Deputy Menard and the entire Sheriff’s office took action to keep our community safe.”

Maquoketa Valley Middle School/High School Principal Troy Osterhaus echoes Hoeger’s gratitude. “Deputy Menard has always been there for the Maquoketa Valley CSD to ensure the safety of staff and students. This day was no different. Deputy Menard was in constant contact with us so we could ensure the safety of the staff and students in our buildings. His heroism on this day is very much appreciated by our staff, students, parents, and community. Words can not describe our gratitude for what he has done for the Maquoketa Valley CSD.”

 

top photo courtesy of Janelle Tucker/KMCH; bottom photo courtesy of Delaware County Sheriff’s Office (l to r: Deputy Hemesath & Deputy Menard)

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