Fort Hays State officer awarded for quick actions that saved girl's life

(Officer Jonathan Rupp/Fort Hays State University)

HAYS, Kan. (KWCH) A Fort Hays State University police officer was awarded for taking swift action to save a young girl's life last year.

The university says Rupp was patrolling during the ForstFest Parade in early December 2018 when the child darted out in front of a truck in the parade to pick up some candy.

Rupp skidded his bicycle to a stop between the youngster and the truck. The truck driver hit his brakes and was able to stop in time. No one was hurt.

On Friday, Rupp's boss, FHSU Police Chief Ed Howell presented him with the Silver Life Saving Award.

"I didn't think it was necessarily a big deal," Rupp said. "I was in the right spot at the right time. I did what I had to do."

This is the first commendation for Rupp. He has worked in law enforcement since 2015 when he joined the University Police Department.