Chief David Newlan introduced the ‘Citizen Commendable Action Coin’ wanting to recognize citizens that go above and beyond. The recipient is presented with the coin along with a card explaining the following:

Thank You For Your Commendable Action. On behalf of the Cape Coral Police Department, please accept this Challenge Coin in appreciation of your positive actions that make this community GREAT!

The Citizen Commendable Action Challenge Coin is given by an Officer of the Cape Coral Police Department to a civilian that performs an extraordinary act(s) or in the recognition of exemplary behavior.

On May 14, 2019 around 9:11 am, Cape Coral Police responded to a call for service in reference to a Check Welfare request. Doris "Dori" King, stated that she had become concerned about her neighbor after she was unable to reach her and had not seen any activity at the home. She explained that it was unusual that her neighbor had not retrieved her garbage cans from the side of the road or to have opened up a window or two as she normally does everyday. Doris went on to state that she had tried multiple times to contact her neighbor by phone with no success as well as walk around the home banging on the windows trying to elicit a response. King called the neighbor’s sister who then called the Cape Coral Police Department.

Upon Officer arrival at the home, it was found to be locked up and dark on the inside. Attempts to make contact were met with negative results. The sister provided Officers access to the residence. The neighbor was located on the floor and unable to get up. She was unable to recall how long she may have been down and based on observations she had likely been there since the previous night or day. Due to her weakened state, she was unable to yell out for help or get to her telephone.

The neighbor was beyond thankful that King and sister had set forth the motions of contacting CCPD so that she could receive help.

Corporal Saturnino Perez and Master Corporal Cantrell issued Doris King the Citizen Commendable Action Coin for her actions in saving her friend and neighbor.

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