American Legion honors local officers

Parks and Recreation proposes five-year city improvement plan draft



Pullman Police Officer Brian Chamberlin, left, saved a man from suicide, which earned him the 2019 Humanitarian & Life Saving award presented during a Pullman City Council meeting on Tuesday evening at City Hall.

JARED BRADLEY , Evergreen reporter

A representative from the American Legion honored police officers and firefighters with awards and discussed plans to improve the city during Pullman City Council’s regular meeting Tuesday.

The American Legion is a veteran’s organization dedicated to helping other veterans and their local communities.

The American Legion awarded officers for acts of bravery in the city of Pullman. The first award was the “Outstanding Law Enforcement Officer” of the year award.

It was presented to Officer Don Heroff, who won because of his contributions in the transition period within the Pullman Police Department, said Ted Weatherly, combat veteran and American Legion member.

Heroff was just one of several other officers who received honors. Weatherly said Officer Brian Chamberlin saved a man from suicide, an act which earned him the “Humanitarian and Life Saving Award.”

The American Legion is now open to all veterans who served active duty, and all who are interested are welcome to apply, Weatherly said. For additional information, people can email Weatherly at [email protected].

The American Legion also honored firefighters for their actions during April’s floods with the “Humanitarian and Life Saving Award.”

The City of Pullman was fined for the firefighters’ actions because they violated Occupational Safety and Health Administration code. Twenty-two people were saved, one of whom was an infant and another who was having a diabetic crisis.

“Every one of [the firefighters] did an outstanding job,” Mayor Glenn Johnson said.

Pullman Fire Department worked over the past year to reduce the number of fires and educate people on what creates a risk of fire, Fire Chief Mike Heston said. The department is hoping to hire an eighth firefighter and place four in each station.

“A lot of sororities and fraternities give us alarms,” Heston said.

He added that microwaveable popcorn is a natural enemy of the fire department.

Pullman Parks and Recreation went over its comprehensive five-year plan to improve city parks. The plan focused on how families could benefit from the new plan.

Councilmembers Brandon Chapman and Dan Records both mentioned this as a strength of the 150-page document.

Complete Streets is an initiative for accessibility in downtown area for disabled and handicapped people. The current version of Complete Streets is the second draft and additional amendments are planned.