ATLANTA – Cobb County Police Department (CCPD) Chief John R. Houser presented U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Officer Antonio O’Geen with a Meritorious Service award during the annual police awards ceremony at the Cobb County Civic Center in Marietta, Ga., on Tuesday.
O’Geen, assigned to CBP’s Port of Atlanta and a member of CBP’s Atlanta Field Office Special Response Team, was recognized for assisting a police officer who was being assaulted.
O’Geen was off-duty at a restaurant near Atlanta on June 20, 2015, when he witnessed a restaurant patron assaulting a Cobb County police officer. The officer responded to an emergency call at the restaurant. O’Geen identified himself as a federal law enforcement officer and quickly subdued and handcuffed the hostile patron. He waited with the CCPD officer until back-up officers arrived.
“Customs and Border Protection Officer Antonio O’Geen showed true professionalism and fraternity when he backed-up a brother law enforcement officer who was being assaulted,” said acting Port Director Devin Chamberlain, Port of Atlanta. “We are all proud of Officer O’Geen’s actions, and for the recognition bestowed upon him by the Cobb County Police Department.”
The CCPD Meritorious Service Award recognizes any member of a public safety agency other than the Cobb County Police Department whose meritorious deed or actions benefits the Department or citizens of Cobb County
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U.S. Customs and Border Protection is the unified border agency within the Department of Homeland Security charged with the management, control and protection of our nation's borders at and between the official ports of entry. CBP is charged with keeping terrorists and terrorist weapons out of the country while enforcing hundreds of U.S. laws.