Reno police officers recognized for actions during 2016 Wing Fest shooting

The Reno Police Department and Reno City Council recognized several officers for their actions in different incidents at a council meeting Wednesday, Oct. 11, 2017 (Photo courtesy Reno Police Department)

Two Reno police officers were recognized Wednesday for their actions last year when a minivan drove through a barricade at the Wing Fest downtown.

Officers Marshall Eason and Bryan Schuster received the Medal of Valor and Meritorious Service Medal, respectively, at Wednesday's Reno City Council meeting.

Police say the two officers were on patrol for Wing Fest on Sunday, July 3, when the van drove through a barricade. Both of them yelled for bystanders to move as he ran after the vehicle.

Eason fired at the van, while Schuster was able to open the passenger door and put the vehicle in park as it crashed into a vendor's booth.

The driver of the minivan, identified as Raul Saavedra-Vargas, was struck by the gunfire and killed.

Officers Eason and Schuster are credited with preventing any further injuries or death in the incident.

Three other officers were recognized on Wednesday for their actions during incidents this year.

Officer Ty Trail received the Meritorious Service Medal for saving a driver in February whose vehicle was almost completely submerged in flood water. Police say the flood water and outside temperatures were near freezing during the rescue, and that Officer Trail placed himself in great danger.

Officer Travis Orange received the Lifesaving Award for performing life-saving measures when he found someone unconscious during a call in April. The victim was taken to a local emergency room, and she was able to recover.

Officer Ben Lancaster also received the Lifesaving Award for responding to a robbery call in February. Police say the suspect stopped breathing during an altercation with store employees, and that Officer Lancaster performed life-saving measures until medics arrived. The suspect was able to fully recover as well.

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