Gaithersburg Police Chief Mark Sroka presented the Chief’s Award to Navy Ensign John Hunt and Army 2nd Lt. Wells Weymouth on Oct. 7.
The men were honored for their commitment to duty, professionalism and contributions to society.
On July 23, a car crashed into the front of Sam’s Club at 610 N. Frederick Ave. in Gaithersburg and injured several people, including a 76-year-old man, Dimas M. Chavez of Potomac. Hunt and Weymouth, who were shopping in the store at the time, immediately came to Chavez’s aid, making a makeshift tourniquet to control the bleeding and calming him until medics arrived. Chavez suffered partial amputation of one leg in the crash, but survived.
Both Hunt and Weymouth are medical students at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences in Bethesda, according to The Washington Post.
The Chief’s Award was created in the fall of 2010 to honor a citizen, city staffer or any member of the police department in a situation where the person has performed extraordinarily to contribute to a more effective and efficient police service.