Bonney Lake officers receive awards for valor

Det. Ryan Boyle

A pair of Bonney Lake Police Officers were honored during the Nov. 27 City Council meeting for their roles in two incidents in 2011.

Detective Ryan Boyle received the Purple Heart and Officer Kyle Torgerson received the department’s Medal of Valor.

According to Chief Dana Powers, Torgerson was involved in an officer-involved shooting Nov. 13, 2011. Torgerson was part of a group of police and deputies who pulled over a vehicle.

When police approached the car, the suspect came up shooting a gun at the officers, hitting a deputy on the top of his hat.

Torgerson fired back and helped to quell the threat, earning the Medal of Valor for his quick thinking and actions.

Boyle was injured in a 2011 incident. Police attempted to take into custody a department of corrections escape suspect wanted in connection with a series of stolen vehicles.

As Boyle arrived at the scene, the suspect attempted an escape, ramming the detective’s vehicle and injuring him. He was awarded the Purple Heart.

Both men received standing ovations from the council and the audience in attendance for their efforts.