On the morning of Oct. 12, Houck responded to a report that a man had threatened an Ellensburg resident with a knife. When he arrived, the officer pursued the suspect, but lost sight of him after a short pursuit. As Houck searched the narrow space between a residence and a carport, the suspect attacked him, cutting his neck and face with the knife. Houck managed to disarm the man, then took him into custody with the assistance of another officer.
Chief of Police Dale Miller presented the award to Houck.
According to the department, the Meritorious Service Medal is awarded for "exemplary service on a specific incident in which there is a risk of great danger to themselves or others."