Bishop International Airport public safety staff to be honored in Lansing

Jeff Neville
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LANSING (WJRT) (9/13/2017) - The public safety staff at Bishop International Airport will be honored on the Michigan House floor on Thursday for how they handled the June 21 stabbing of Lt. Jeff Neville.

State Rep. Phil Phelps, a Democrat from Flushing, will host the ceremony and present a special tribute along with Democrat State Reps. Pam Faris of Clio, Tim Sneller of Burton and Sheldon Neeley of Flint. Neville and Chief of Public Safety Christopher Miller will receive the honors.

“What took place at the airport this summer was a terrifying reminder of the bravery that our public safety officials display every day to keep us safe,” Phelps said in a press release issued on Wednesday. “Not only did these men quickly apprehend the perpetrator, but they did so without any loss of life, and I could not be more proud to be presenting them with this tribute in recognition of their superb service.”

Phelps noted that Neville's stabbing led to chaos at the airport. After watching the attack unfold, Airport Maintainer Richard Krul rushed to the aid of Neville and to help restrain the suspect until help arrived. Lt. Dan Owens and Miller intervened to disarm and subdue the assailant.

Phelps noted their efforts helped prevent any loss of life that day.

“Law enforcement and police officers face greater danger and are entrusted with greater responsibility than most, yet they still come to work every day ready to put their lives on the line again for the safety of their community,” Phelps said. “This honor could not be more deserved, and I thank the public safety officials at Bishop International Airport for their continued dedication and service.”