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City Council Corner: March 6, 2018
Officer Shay Ballard was recognized by City Council for his feature on the KSL "Beyond The Badge" series for his great work saving a special needs student at Mount Jordan Middle School. During lunchtime, a special needs student walked out on to a beam approximately 10 to 15 feet in the air and would not come down. Officer Ballard instinctively jumped on the beam and, after trying to coax the student down with candy to no avail, waited for him to turn around then ran out on the beam, grabbed the student and brought him safely to the ground.
He was nominated for the series by a Mount Jordan parent, Leslie McAffee, who wrote:
"We had a scary situation happen at Mount Jordan Middle School today. We had a special needs student climb up onto a beam that is 10-15 feet into the air in our lunchroom. The student was walking back and forth and would not come over to get down. Officer Ballard was there and tried to coax the student over, that did not work. Officer Ballard climbed out onto the beam and waited until the student was not looking and walked out and grabbed him and brought him back safely.
We are lucky at Mount Jordan Middle school to have Officer Ballard in our school. He has a great rapport with the students. He also visited a student last year who had a traumatic family event and was hospitalized for many days. He took the student a gift and was able to cheer her up."
To listen to the full interview with KSL, click here.
Officer Ballard first became interested in law enforcement thanks to the influence of a School Resource Officer, the same position Officer Ballard currently fills at Mount Jordan Middle School and Alta High School. He has also been a past recipient of the Robert Vance Award, having been nominated by his colleagues in the Sandy FOP.