Spokane County Sheriff’s Deputies Michael Northway and Joseph M. Spink received the state’s Law Enforcement Medal of Honor in ceremonies today in Olympia.
Northway and Spink were seriously injured while trying to apprehend a federal fugitive in north Spokane. The deputies were able to return the gunfire, forcing the suspect, Charlie Wallace, to flee the scene.
The fugitive later led various law enforcement personnel on a car chase that ended when the fleeing suspect crashed at the intersection of Crawford Avenue and U.S. Highway 395 in Deer Park. Moments later he took his own life.
Northway, a former Deer Park resident, and Spink have served with the sheriff’s department for more than 12 years.