March 13, 2018
TAHLEQUAH, Okla. – Cherokee Nation Deputy Marshals Joe Rainwater and Matt Laney were recognized for acts of valor by 5.11 Tactical during the grand opening of the company’s Oklahoma City store.
Rainwater, of Tahlequah, and Laney, of Fort Gibson, both received the medal of valor for actions each took last summer. As the sniper team leader for the Marshal Service’s special operations, Rainwater saved many officers’ lives when he took action when an armed gunman had barricaded himself in a home in Sequoyah County.
Laney responded to a vehicle accident in Cherokee County that involved a car going off a bridge and submerging in the water. Laney was able to recover the five victims from inside the car.
“These two men epitomize what it means to be a part of the Cherokee Nation Marshal Service,” Cherokee Nation Marshal Shannon Buhl said. “They do not hesitate to take action in order to protect the lives of citizens or fellow law enforcement officers. I am extremely thankful for their service and dedication to both Cherokees and non-Cherokees alike.”
5.11 Tactical is a California-based brand of clothing consisting of uniforms and tactical equipment for military, law enforcement and public safety personnel. As part of honoring Rainwater and Laney for their actions, the company is also sending them 5.11 Tactical gear and apparel.
The new 5.11 Tactical store in Oklahoma City is located at 13710 North Pennsylvania Avenue.