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Honored: Covington Officer Injured During Arrest of Man Who Nearly Killed Mother, K9 Ernie

A Covington Police officer received a high honor from the department.

Specialist Jay Zerhusen was given the Cleophus John Eifert Award, given to officers in the Covington Police Department who suffered severe wounds or injuries in the line of duty. Zerhusen was one of many officers who responded to the scene of a violent altercation between a suspect and the police department on April 22.

Daleon Rice had nearly killed his own mother and then opened fire on officers, striking K9 Ernie.

During Rice's apprehension, Zerhusen was seriously injured and was hospitalized for several days. Despite his injuries, Zerhusen continued to assist his fellow officers until Rice was in custody.

The Eifert Award is named for a fallen Covington officer who died in the line of duty in 1946.

-Staff report

Photo: Chief Bryan Carter presents the award to Specialist Zerhusen (provided)

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