On Monday, June 6th, 2022, Marion Police Chief Angela Haley announced before the Board of Public Works and Safety and a larger than usual audience that she would like to give a special presentation.
“It’s my privilege to be here before you today to not just to swear in five great new police officers for the City of Marion, but also because we have a merit award to give out today, and that is to Officer (Canaan) Powell.”
She then began to read a Summary of Counseling from Sgt. Andy Bonneau.
“Officer (Canaan) Powell responded to a self-inflicted gunshot victim that was suffering from life-threatening bleeding. Officer Powell utilized his training and equipment appropriately, and applied the proper tourniquet that was able to stop the bleeding.”
She stated, “His sergeant believes that, that saved the person’s life. It appeared that he was suffering from arterial bleeding, and had the injury not been treated, he likely would have died.”
Chief Haley concluded, “And so, today, we are presenting Officer Powell with a merit pin in observance of meritorious service in the line of duty with the Marion Police Department which was: Providing life-saving assistance to an accidental shooting victim on May 16th, 2022, at 615 S. Adams St., in Marion.”
Chief Haley then thanked and congratulated Officer Powell and presented him with the merit pin with his family standing by his side. Mayor Jess Alumbaugh personally congratulated Officer Powell along with each member of the Board of Works, fellow officers, and many others present.
Officer Powell is from Huntington, IN. He attended Purdue University Ft. Wayne, then after working for a time at Walmart, got to know police officers and decided he wanted to become an officer to help the community. He joined MPD on November 9th, 2020.
May 16th, 2022, was a true test of Powell’s training, and he said he was proud to have helped save a man’s life that day. Powell reflected, “He might not be here if I did not respond in the time that I did.”
Sgt. Andy Bonneau said Ofc. Powell did an excellent job, and the department plans to use the incident as a teaching example. “Sgt. Weigle and I train the department at least once a year with medical emergencies like this, and Powell did everything we train them to do. We plan on using this situation and his body camera video for future training.”