Published on Saturday, July 7, 2007
in the Santa Rosa Press Gazette
PENSACOLA – On July 6, 2007, the Florida Highway Patrol announced Lieutenant Roley E. Kiker was awarded with the Medal of Valor for his actions on September 18, 2006 while apprehending a violent felon in Pensacola.
He was presented the Medal of Valor by Florida Highway Patrol Colonel Christopher Knight.
On Monday, September 18, 2006 officials say Lt. Kiker was in an off-duty status traveling to the Fitness Works gym for physical fitness training.
While enroute he observed an Escambia County Sheriff’s office deputy exiting his patrol car with his firearm drawn. After immediately notifying the Tallahassee Regional Communications Center of the situation, Lt. Kiker took up a defensive position to back the deputy up.
The deputy then informed Lt. Kiker that the white male suspect who was sitting in a vehicle in a ditch had just tried to rob the Winn Dixie Food Store on Nine Mile Road.
Several vehicles drove between the deputy’s vehicle and the armed suspect’s vehicle. Seeing the danger to the public, Lt. Kiker repositioned his vehicle blocking the roadway to protect the public. In doing so he positioned himself closer to the armed suspect.
Lt. Kiker and the deputy gave repeated commands to the suspect, directing him to drop his weapon and exit the vehicle. The suspect then exited his vehicle and pointed a gun at Lt. Kiker, who ordered the suspect repeatedly to drop his weapon.
The suspect however raised his gun and pointed it at Lt. Kiker, at which time Lt. Kiker fired one round, striking the suspect in the abdomen. The suspect fell to the ground and was immediately handcuffed and secured.
The suspect was subsequently transported from the scene to West Florida Hospital. He was charged by the Escambia County Sheriff’s Office with robbery and aggravated assault.
This suspect was also wanted by the FBI for bank robbery in Foley Alabama. Lt. Kiker displayed outstanding bravery and courage in the protection of life, preservation of peace and prevention of a criminal act.
In doing so he exposed himself to great peril and personal danger and acted above and beyond the call of duty.
Lt. Kiker is to be commended for his actions. Lt Kiker not only ended a life threatening situation to himself and the deputy, but also removed a violent felon from the community in which he serves.
He demonstrates his commitment to the Florida Highway Patrol, and the citizens he serves by his unselfish actions on that day.
Lt. Kiker’s family was present for the presentation, and is very proud of him for his medal of valor award.