Today, Thursday, March 13, 2014, Commissioner’s Commendations were awarded to District B-2 Officers Michael Burke and Eric Merner: On January 16, 2014, Officers Burke and Merner responded to a radio call for a person with a knife in the area of 82 Holworthy Street. On arrival, officers learned that the female suspect had a history of mental illness and substance abuse. The suspect armed herself with a knife, threatened several occupants of the building and retreated to a bedroom in the rear of the building. As Officers Burke and Merner attempted to approach the suspect, she barricaded the door and threatened to stab herself with the knife. The officers were able to pry the door open. Upon gaining entry, Officer Burke and Officer Merner were able to detain the knife-wielding suspect after a lengthy struggle. For their courageous action and putting their own safety at risk, we say thank you to Officers Burke and Merner.