Efforts on Christmas Eve lead to CMPD officer recognition

A CMPD officer has been recognized following his efforts to disrupt a fight between a man and a woman that occurred on Christmas Eve in a retail store's parking lot.

CMPD officer Jonathan Szynarowski was awarded the CMPD Officer of the Month designation.

"I heard some pretty loud screams", Szynarowski said after realizing the man in the altercation may have had been armed.

The incident happened inside a Target parking lot filled with last-minute shoppers.

Following his nomination, Officer Szynarowski discussed the honor.

"My mom just passed away so I've been in the hospital with her", he said. "I know she is proud, definitely looking down."