Woodburn Police Department
On a cold day in March 2010 Sergeant John Mikkola found himself in another life ending situation when he and five other officers arrived at an apartment complex. After hours of surveillance, the suspect was spotted by Sergeant Mikkola in the parking lot. When the suspect saw Sergeant Mikkola he took off running and ran into an unknown apartment.
When the occupants came running out of that apartment the officers immediately surrounded the building. Knowing he was surrounded the suspect came running out with two guns blazing, wounding Sergeant Mikkola multiple times. Even with serious wounds he was able to find cover and return fire while directing responding officers to check on the status of other officers in the line of fire.
Shortly thereafter officers took the suspect into custody.
Because of his brave actions that day Sergeant Mikkola was awarded the Purple Heart and The Medal of Valor, presented by the Oregon Police Officers Association. Sergeant Mikkola was also awarded the Medal of Honor and a second Purple Heart by Woodburn Police Department.
Public Information Officer Sergeant Jason Tlusty states that Sergeant Mikkola is "reliable and dependable in the field." He also mentioned that Sergeant Mikkola has a "knack for honing in on stolen vehicles" and even locating elusive suspects. Sergeant Tlusty also says John has a great sense of humor and does a great Elvis impersonation. A 16 year veteran Sergeant Mikkola is currently assigned as a Patrol Supervisor, hostage negotiator and a firearms instructor with Woodburn Police Department.