MPD officers recognized for heroic acts

Four Marshalltown police officers were recognized as heroes Monday night.

Mike Tupper, Marshalltown police chief, recognized officers Ray Maxey, Dave Danielson, Justin Allen and Stephen Sheets during a ceremony at the Marshalltown City Council meeting Monday night for an incident that happened March 14.

The four officers were sent to the 800 block of West Boone Street to investigate a domestic assault in process, Tupper said.

Upon their arrival the officers were confronted by Manuel Ochoa-Serna, 39, of Marshalltown, who was armed with an edged weapon and used a small child as a human shield, Tupper said. The four acted as a team with quick, decisive and professional action, and were able to rescue the child and take Ochoa-Serna into custody, Tupper said.

“Without quick action it is highly likely the victim in the incident would have been seriously injured or killed,” Tupper said. “The officers risked their own safety and well-being to save this victim. Their actions were honorable, heroic and in keeping with the finest traditions of law enforcement.”

The officers were chosen for this award after being recommended for special recognition by department leadership, Tupper said.

A panel made up of department supervisors reviewed this nomination, the details involved and recommended that the officers be formally recognized for heroism, Tupper said.

Tupper approved the recommendation earlier this month.

Ochoa-Serna, was charged with aggravated domestic abuse, felony child endangerment and interference with official acts.

The prosecution of these offenses is ongoing.