I was honored to attend a ceremony on July 22nd where Officer Jeff George of our Police Department was awarded the UT System Medal of Valor by UT System Police Director Michael Heidingsfield. Officer George was honored because of his heroic and selfless actions that not only resulted in saving another officer’s life but also in keeping our campus and the neighboring community safe. We are indeed fortunate to have him and officers like him on our police force.
They patrol our campus, answering calls without hesitation, putting themselves in harm’s way to keep our campus safe. They enable us to enjoy the freedoms we so cherish as a university without walls, one that is part of the community and increasingly integrated with it without worrying about crime and constantly looking over our shoulders. Day after day, month after month, through the year, we place our faith in the men and women in blue to perform that very difficult task of identifying friend from threat without appearing menacing and while being friendly to our campus community; to do the very difficult and dangerous work of protecting our campus and all on it; enabling conflict to be considered learning events in a true academic context, and they do this often without receiving the gratitude and the respect they so richly deserve. Officer George and our police department serve UTA and the community with dignity and selflessness and for that they have our trust, faith and respect. It’s an honor to have them on campus as part of the Maverick family. If you see Officer George or our other Police personnel – please go and thank them and let them know how much they mean to us.
Read Dr. Karbhari's remarks from this event HERE.