University officer honored for actions during standoff

Posted: Thursday, April 06, 2000

FAIRBANKS (AP) -- The University of Alaska Fairbanks gave one of its police officers its Medal of Honor for his part in helping a severely injured man to safety during a standoff last August.

Officer Kurt Lockwood received the medal and plaque at a ceremony at UAF early Wednesday morning.

''It was overwhelming. I really didn't expect it,'' Lockwood said.

The standoff occurred when Charles Hachez barricaded himself in his apartment.

The man fired 10 rounds from inside the apartment, through his front door. Four of the shots hit his 56-year-old father. No one else was injured.

Alaska State Trooper Steve Lantz said Lockwood coaxed the injured man, Mike Hachez, to crawl about 50 feet and out of the line of fire, then dragged him to safety.

''We were in the line of direct fire. If the guy wanted to come out and finish off (Hachez) or one of us, he could have,'' Lockwood said.

It took authorities more than three hours to coax Charles Hachez into surrendering.

Lockwood acted heroically and at great risk to his own well-being, said Terry Vrabec, police chief at the UAF department.

''Officer Lockwood's actions (in the Hachez incident) were a step above what I could have asked him to do,'' Vrabec said.



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