The Law Enforcement Commendation Medal may be presented by the National Society, a state society, or a chapter to those who have served with distinction and devotion in the field of law enforcement. It may be presented to recognize a variety of service in the field of law enforcement.
The George Washington Chapter works with local law enforcement agencies to recognize those who have met these criteria by awarding them the Law Enforcement Commendation Medal. The chapter has a tradition of awarding this medal to one member of the City of Washington Police Department each year, but the medal can be awarded to members of any law enforcement group.
The medal depicts a police badge design surmounted by a gold eagle with the SAR Badge below. The medal is accompanied by an enameled bar, suitable for wear on a uniform. A miniature medal is also available.
The Sons of the American Revolution authorized the Law Enforcement Commendation Medal in 1933 as a way to recognize those who have served with distinction and devotion in the field of law enforcement. The medal is intended to recognize an exceptional act or service beyond what is normally expected in the field of law enforcement.
Sargent John Schultz joined the Wheeling Police Department in 1995 and has
distinguished himself in many ways including earning an “above and beyond” citation on November 9, 1999 when he was the first officer to enter a hotel room on National Road where a man had murdered a woman by inflicted her with 233 stab wounds.
Schultz started working with children as a D.A.R.E. officer and became a Prevention Resource Officer in 2011.
In 2013 he worked with fellow officers to capture an online predator that had been stalking a girl and following a tip, located a student who had brought a loaded gun to school. For these and other efforts he was West Virginia Prevention Resource Officer of the year in 2014.
On June 2, 2015 eighth grade students from Wheeling Middle School were attending a field trip at Wheeling Park when Sargent John Schultz while serving as the school prevention resource officer was alerted to an unresponsive student at the bottom of the pool. Sargent Schultz dove into the pool fully clothed, including duty belt and boots to assist the lifeguard who needed help to bring the student to the surface. This was not Sargent Schultz’s first water rescue in fact it was his 13th going back to his days serving as a life guard.
Sargent Schultz is a veteran of Operation Desert Storm having served with the 152nd Military Police Unit of the U.S. Army National Guard.