A Lakewood police agent, who was shot in an exchange of gunfire with a man who allegedly killed five people in Denver and Lakewood, has been recognized with the National Law Enforcement Officer of the Year Award.

Ashley Ferris received the award Thursday afternoon from The National Conference of Law Enforcement Emerald Societies (NCLEES), according to Lakewood police.

This afternoon Agent Ashley Ferris was awarded the Law Enforcement Officer of the Year Award from the The National Conference of Law Enforcement Emerald Societies (NCLEES) for her heroic actions on 12/27/21. Thank you NCLEES for recognizing her bravery and professionalism. pic.twitter.com/9sCV097bVL

— Lakewood Police Dept. (@LakewoodPDCO) June 9, 2022

Ferris, an U.S. Army veteran, was recognized for her heroic actions on Dec. 27, in the Belmar area when she shot and killed the shooting spree suspect. Ferris was shot in the abdomen during the exchange, and she spent time in a Lakewood hospital as part of her immediate recovery.

“Thank you Agent Ferris for protecting our community, and thank you NCLEES for recognizing her bravery and professionalism,” Lakewood police said.

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The award was presented to Ferris in Lakewood because she was unable to attend National Police Week in Washington, D.C., in May.

After five months of recovery from the shooting, Ferris returned to work last month.

“I don’t feel like a hero,” Ferris said at a local news conference on May 18. “I feel like I did my job.”

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