Victim or deceased name: Jacob Hughey : “Las Vegas Police Officer Goes Above and Beyond to Comfort Dying Man”

Death – Obituary – Accident and Crime News : LAS VEGAS (KTNV) — A Las Vegas police officer is receiving recognition for his exceptional dedication and compassion in helping and comforting a man in his final moments. Officer Kyle Koontz, along with his partner, responded to a shooting incident in November 2021 at the 4300 block of South Grand Canyon Drive, near Flamingo Road. Upon arrival, they discovered Jacob Hughey, who had sustained gunshot wounds. Despite Officer Koontz’s efforts in administering CPR, Hughey unfortunately passed away.

Following the shooting, Launce Cliff was arrested and charged with open murder. His trial included the presentation of body camera footage and security footage, revealing Officer Koontz’s valiant attempts to save Hughey’s life.

Hughey’s mother expressed her deep appreciation for Officer Kuntz and his partner, Xavier, stating, “Although Jacob was unable to be saved, I was deeply touched by the extreme care and respectful treatment of my son. The voices heard on the footage and the faces and body language of the officers are the last things my son experienced in this world. Although I would have preferred to be there myself, I’m comforted that he received such caring attention in the last moments of his life.”

Officer Koontz was chosen as the November recipient of the LVMPD’s Good Ticket Program in recognition of his compassion. This program, in partnership with Resorts World, awards staycations to officers who are acknowledged for their community work.

During the ceremony, Hughey’s family surprised Officer Koontz and presented him with a photo as a token of their appreciation. Morgan, Hughey’s sister, emphasized the importance of Officer Koontz’s presence during her brother’s final moments and the support he provided to their family. She expressed that while the pain doesn’t diminish, they are navigating through it as best as they can.

Officer Koontz was deeply moved by the surprise and expressed his desire to stay in touch with the family in the future. He acknowledged that his recognition is not solely his own achievement, but the result of a team effort by fellow officers and detectives. Officer Koontz emphasized that his motivation for serving the community lies in making a difference, rather than seeking rewards or recognition.

The LVMPD’s Good Ticket Program aims to highlight the exceptional work of officers like Koontz, and the department, the foundation, Resorts World, and the Hughey family have all expressed their gratitude for his dedication and service.

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