OGDEN -- Weber County Sheriff's Sgt. Nathan Hutchinson is receiving national acclaim for helping to rescue wounded officers during the Jan. 4, 2012, shootout that resulted in the death of one officer and injuries to five others, including Hutchinson.
The National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund gave Hutchinson its Officer of the Month Award for March, according to a news release, and he'll be honored in a May 2014 ceremony in Washington, D.C.
"We're very proud of him," said Weber County Sheriff Terry Thompson. "He exhibited incredible acts of courage and bravery. He's an example to all our officers out there."
Officers on Jan. 4, 2012, were attempting to serve a search warrant at the Ogden home of Matthew David Stewart when a shootout broke out between the officers and Stewart. Despite being shot four times, Hutchinson helped get other wounded officers to safety.
Jared Francom, of the
Weber-Morgan Narcotics Strike Force, was killed in the shootout. His name is being added to the National Law Enforcement Memorial in Washington, D.C., in a ceremony in May of this year.
Hutchinson's award adds to the growing list of honors he has received since the shootout. He has been given the Medal of Honor and Purple Heart from the Weber County Sheriff's Office, Thompson said, along with the Medal of Valor and Purple Heart from the Utah Peace Officers Association.
"We know a situation (like the shootout) can happen any day. We try to prepare ourselves," Thompson said. "It is the ultimate test, and (Hutchinson) responded with honor and fidelity."
Hutchinson has had multiple surgeries involving infections from wounds inflicted in the shootout, Thompson said, but he's back to working full time with the strike force. He could not be reached for comment.
Stewart is awaiting a murder trial in April 2014 and faces the death penalty if convicted.