Denison city staff recognized one of their own for actions that saved a person’s life.

Mayor Janet Gott, along with City Manager Jud Rex and other city leaders, presented Denison Police Officer Jacob Shoemate with the city’s employee meritorious service award — one of the city’s highest employee honors

"As a community and as a municipal government, we all recognize that our team members are what make us special and set us apart," Gott said Tuesday.

"I have seen the name of Officer Jacob Shoemate come across my email numerous times because Officer Shoemate simply makes a difference everywhere he goes and with everything he does," she continued.

Gott said Shoemate responded to a call of an unresponsive person, who was found on the floor. Shoemate began lifesaving efforts, including CPR, on the individual once he arrived.

He continued his work until the patient began to cough and breathe without Shoemate’s support.

"It is most appropriate that we recognize this meritorious accomplishment of Officer Shoemate and present him with the meritorious service award, the highest recognition the city can bestow upon him," Gott said.

In addition to the recognition, City Manager Jud Rex said Shoemate will be awarded two free days off.

"We hear often, especially here recently, about lives lost and what matters when you give life back to somebody," Rex said.