Trooper Domino Receives National Award
A Trooper with the Iowa State Patrol has been selected as one of 10 law enforcement officers from across the nation to receive an award from the National Association of Police Organizations. RAGBRAIers know Trooper Domino as one of the fine Safety Education Officers that safely help cyclists cross busy intersections during RAGBRAI each summer.
The TOP COPS Award pays tribute to men and women in law enforcement for their outstanding service to America’s communities. Trooper Mark Domino’s selection to receive this prestigious award stems from his involvement with a situation in October following a bank robbery in Maynard, IA.
On October 30th, 2012, the Maynard Savings Bank was robbed by two heavily armed men. Following the robbery, the subjects fired shots at numerous law enforcement officers, disabling several emergency vehicles and wounding one officer. Trooper Domino located the suspect vehicle and began solo pursuit, during which he was fired upon multiple times. A gun battle ensued and Trooper Domino was shot in the right bicep. Trooper Domino continued the pursuit despite his injury, and returned fire. The suspects crashed into a ditch and fled on foot into a heavily wooded area. Officers from local, county, state, and federal agencies were able to locate the subjects and take them into custody without further incident or injury.
“It must be said that there were many heroes during this incident who conducted themselves with great valor,” stated Iowa State Patrol Colonel David W. Garrison, “however, Trooper Domino’s heroic determination and extreme courage while under fire went well above and beyond the call of duty.”
The Twentieth Annual TOP COPS Awards Dinner will be held during National Police week in Washington D.C. The ceremony is scheduled for 7:00 pm on Sunday, May 12th at the Omni Shoreham Hotel.