CU police officers honored with lifesaving awards

Published: Feb. 22, 2013

The University of Colorado Boulder Police Department honored its officers at the annual UCPD Awards Ceremony last week. Among the honorees were Corporal Matt DeLaria and Officer Joe Rossi, who received the Lifesaving Awards for intervening as a woman attempted to commit suicide. Commander Jason Wade received the Distinguished Service Star Award for putting himself at risk while pulling a young man out of a burning car.

“Commander Wade, Corporal DeLaria and Officer Rossi should be commended for their roles during these emergencies,” said Joe Roy, CU-Boulder police chief. “Their quick thinking and heroic actions prevented further injury or death in these cases.”

Other CU police officers received awards for preserving pedestrian safety, organizing security for three presidential visits last year and investigating students who brought marijuana-laced brownies to their class.

For more details on the lifesaving awards and other honors, see a news release on the UCPD website at