RISE Awards 2023

The Axon RISE awards were created to shine a light on the heroic stories of first responder partners who go above and beyond the call of duty to protect their communities. Each year, we will have three RISE Award winners to honor individuals who have saved a life or shown exemplary performance in a high stress situation.

Congratulations to our 2023 RISE Award and Jack Cover Award Winners!

Trooper Toni Shuck, Florida Highway Patrol, who drove her patrol car in front of a drunk driver to stop them from driving into thousands of runners on a bridge during a 10K race. Watch her story here.

Deputy William Puzynski, Orange County Sheriff’s Office (Fla.), who climbed a third-floor balcony to save a baby from an apartment fire. Watch his story here.

Officers Galen Schmidt, Sean Peralta and Devynn Muhlenberg, Reno Police Department (Nev.), who collectively acted quickly and saved two individuals in a medical emergency extracting them safely from their vehicle submerged in a body of water. Watch their story here.

Chief Sean Perry of Penndel Borough Police Department (Pa.) will receive the distinct Jack Cover Save of the Year Award for his heroic efforts to successfully and safely de-escalate an incident in which an armed individual was making threats to harm himself. Watch his story here.

Nominations will reopen later this year for the 2024 RISE Awards.


Nominations for the prestigious RISE Award are open to any First Responder who displays an act of heroism by going above and beyond the call of duty. All submissions MUST include video footage of the incident in question (body-worn camera, dashcam, phone, etc).

Award Winner and Event Experience

RISE Award winners will receive:

* All-expenses paid trip plus guest to Axon Accelerate
* $1000 monetary gift
* Rise Award Trophy
* Axon Roadshow Celebration

Winners will be presented with their awards on stage at Axon Accelerate. Each winner will receive a spotlight on Axon social media.

RISE Award winners will be recognized at Axon Accelerate 2023 in Phoenix, AZ