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Homeland Security Officer Honored With U.S. Attorney’s Award For Leadership During Louisville Civil Disturbance

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Western District of Kentucky

LOUISVILLE, Ky. – United States Attorney Russell Coleman is pleased to announce the latest recipient of the U.S. Attorney’s Award for Excellence in Law Enforcement is District Commander Aaron Godbey of the Federal Protective Service (FPS).

“I had a big ask for Commander Godbey and his team at a time of great uncertainty here in Louisville; however they responded in a way that should make all of us and his agency proud,” said U.S. Attorney Russell Coleman. “Commander Godbey led the effort to ensure the safety of Louisville’s federal buildings and protected the public servants that worked inside, all the while respecting the First Amendment-protected activities of peaceful protestors outside.” 

The Award commendation presented by U.S. Attorney Coleman to FPS Commander Godbey and his team is for their service on behalf of the citizens of the Western District of Kentucky in protecting downtown Louisville federal buildings, the U.S. District Courthouse, federal public servants, and protestors during the city’s recent period of social unrest. Additionally, Godbey and his team responded to a fiery motor vehicle accident on Louisville’s Watterson Expressway, extricating the driver from the vehicle and attempted CPR to revive the victim.  An agency within the United States Department of Homeland Security, the Federal Protective Service mission includes the physical security of 9,500 facilities nationwide and the employees who occupy the structures. FPS Director L. Eric Patterson attended Wednesday’s award presentation in Louisville.    

The United States Attorney’s Office for the Western District of Kentucky is honoring the extraordinary efforts of its federal, state, and local law enforcement partners in Western Kentucky.  Additional awards will be presented throughout the District in the coming months.



Updated October 28, 2020