Howard Lake-Waverly Herald, Jan. 17, 2000

Michael Young receives Medal of Valor

Minneapolis Police Department recently awarded Sergeant Michael Young of Waverly, and fellow officers Tim Hanks and Dave Clifford, with the Medal of Valor, the second highest honor that the department gives.

Young is in charge of the entry team of the Minneapolis Emergency Response Unit (ERU). The ERU was asked to assist the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency in executing a high risk search warrant in Langhei Township, Polk County.

According to the Star Tribune, the officers were to arrest Robin Emmert, a 37-year old man allegedly involved in a significant methamphetamine operation.

When the officers arrived at Emmert's farmhouse, he appeared at the door with a shotgun. Emmert turned around and fired four shots at two officers who shouted at him from behind. The officers immediately returned fire, killing Emmert. None of the officers was shot.

An agent in charge of the federal Drug Enforcement Agency's Minnesota office said the Minneapolis ERU team was requested because of their excellent training.

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