Riverside police Deputy Chief John Krull, Sgt. Frank Lara and Officer James Lazansky were selected by Cook County Sheriff Tom Dart to receive the sheriff’s Award of Valor, which recognizes officers who have performed acts of heroism and bravery.

Each received the award when they responded to a call of a 72-year-old woman, an Alzheimer’s patient, who had walked away from her home on a frigid and snowy February day. She was found and rescued after an extensive search.

Sgt. Bill Gutschick, meanwhile, was honored with an Award of Merit for his “exceptional attitude, attendance, work ethic and professionalism” while serving Riverside residents.

Lazansky was also awarded two commendations for his actions on separate arrests as a member of the West Suburban Directed Gang Enforcement (WEDGE) task force in 2011.

He was involved in the August arrest of an armed and wanted fugitive who had been eluding the United States Marshal for more than a year.

In July he and North Riverside Officer Frank Schmalz assisted in the arrest of a man wanted for questioning in connection with a shooting incident in North Riverside.