In a ceremony on Tuesday, the Daniels Fund and Denver Police Department recognized Ariel Bogue, a witness whose actions potentially saved the life of an assault victim and who helped investigators to identify and arrest a suspect.
The Daniels Fund awarded Mr. Bogue with the Bill Daniels Neighborhood Hero Award and presented him with a $1,000 check as an expression of gratitude for his courageous actions. The Bill Daniels Neighborhood Hero Award was established by the Daniels Fund to recognize members of our community who go “above and beyond” and make heroic efforts to help others.
“Ariel Bogue exemplifies what is great about our community, caring consideration for his neighbors and a willingness to help someone in need,” said Hanna Skandera, President & CEO of the Daniels Fund. “Without his heroic actions, this situation may have resulted in a tragic outcome.”
Mr. Bogue, a rideshare driver, dropped off a passenger, Grant Gannon, in the 3000 block of N. Brighton Blvd. He then turned into an alley and made a U-turn, and as he again approached N. Brighton Blvd, he saw an individual assault Mr. Gannon, who fell to the ground, hitting his head and losing consciousness. The suspect fled into a neighboring parking garage. Mr. Bogue stayed on scene with Mr. Gannon and called 911 while other people passed without stopping to help. He also provided a statement to officers, including suspect information, and later positively identified the suspect captured on surveillance video. The 31-year-old suspect was arrested and later pleaded guilty to Assault in the Second Degree and guilty to Assault in the Third Degree.
“Thank you for this award, I didn’t expect anything in return I was just doing the right thing. If I was in Grant’s situation, I would hope someone would do the same for me.”
“Thank you for this award, I didn’t expect anything in return I was just doing the right thing,” said Ariel Bogue. “If I was in Grant’s situation, I would hope someone would do the same for me.”
Mr. Gannon suffered a life-threatening head injury, including a brain bleed, which required doctors to remove a portion of his skull in order to alleviate the pressure, and according to the doctors and nurses who treated Mr. Gannon, he would not have survived for long if left lying in the street.
“Mr. Bogue was attentive to his surroundings, and most importantly ensured the victim received prompt emergency medical care – actions that are certainly heroic and worthy of this award,” said Denver Police Chief Paul Pazen.
The Denver Police Department values and welcomes partnership with the community to increase public safety. The Department encourages residents to get involved in Neighborhood Watch programs and to report suspicious or illegal activity, just as Mr. Bogue did, to enhance police responses and investigations.
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