Hesston Police Chief awarded Hero of the Year

Hesston Police Chief Doug Schroeder
Hesston Police Chief Doug Schroeder

WICHITA, Kan. (KSNW) – Thursday, more than half a dozen people were recognized by the Wichita Crime Commission for making a difference in their community.

One of those honored, Hesston Police Chief, Doug Schroeder, won Law Enforcement Hero of the Year. He’s responsible for stopping the shooter at the Excel Industry building back in February.

“We’re just so proud of these men and women who just go above and beyond, and they’re just amazing people. I’m so glad to be a part of this” explained Pat Jones, Executive Director, Wichita Crime Commission.

“Tonight’s bittersweet. On one hand, I really appreciate and I’m humbled by the fact that the Crime Commission is honoring me tonight. On the other hand, everyone knows nobody wins on something like what we went through,” stated Schroeder.

Last February, a shooter went on a rampage at the Excel Industries facility, killing three people and injuring 14 others.

Chief Schroeder, one of the first officers to arrive, went into Excel looking for the shooter and, ended up shooting him dead. The chief prevented others from being killed or wounded.

“I think that God put me there for a reason. I think that throughout my whole career was preparation for this point,” said Schroeder.

But, he told KSN, not all of the credit should go to him.

“It’s bittersweet, but I do want to accept it on behalf of all first responders in Harvey County, because they did a miraculous job last February,”

These men and women who were awarded tonight, are chosen from a pool of dozens by a selection committee.