Peoria Police recognize their own at 2006
During the 2006 Awards Ceremony held on Friday, February 23, Interim Police Chief Larry Ratcliff presented awards to the employees of the year in eight categories, recognized several employees for educational achievement and presented 2 Achievement Awards. Officers and Communications Specialist directly involved in the officer involved shooting that occurred on December 17, 2005 and left Officer Bill Weigt paralyzed were also recognized with Distinguished Service Medals and a Medal of Honor awarded.
Volunteer of the Year: John Hayes
Non-Uniformed Support Staff of the Year: Bev Chanco
Uniformed Support Staff of the Year: Shelly Montes
Communications Specialist of the Year: Ann Shaw
Civilian Supervisor/Manager of the Year: Debbie Shaw
Specialty Officer of the Year: Officer Lon Bartel
Officer of the Year: Officer Ed Bakke
Sworn Supervisor/Manager of the Year: Sergeant Luis Aponte
Educational Achievement Awards
Bachelor Degrees were obtained by:
Sergeant Ken Gentry
Sergeant Matt Simon
Sergeant Bruce Walls
Officer Sean Romero
Officer Sheri Howard
Sergeant Paul Panaccione
Communications Supervisor Ann Shaw
Distinguished Services Medals
During the early morning hours of December 17, 2005, officers responded to a call of shots fired on West Cinnabar Avenue. Upon arriving, officers crossed paths with the suspect whose vehicle was fleeing the scene. After a brief pursuit, the suspect vehicle and several of our units came to a stop in the middle of the roadway at 8800 W. Olive Avenue. As the suspect exited his vehicle, he began firing a hand gun. Although our officers shot and killed the suspect, one of his rounds struck Officer Weigt just above his vest, resulting in a spinal cord injury. Several officers distinguished themselves on that morning, the morning that changed the Peoria Police Department forever.
Officer Scott Borsch
Officer Jeff Carpenter
Officer Jeremy Cooper
Officer Chris Dugan
Officer Bill Weigt
MCSO Deputy Kristian Dever
Equally important during an incident such as this are the Communications Specialist, our life-line. We also recognized the 4 Communications Specialist that worked the two incidents:
Medal of Honor
Officer Jason Smith
All of the officers at the scene on that tragic morning displayed heroism and professionalism in the line of duty. The earlier mentioned officers positioned themselves to return suppressing gunfire toward the suspectís position while Officer Jason Smith displayed extreme courage by exposing himself to the suspectís gunfire as he pulled Officer Bill Weigt to a safer location and positioned his body over Billís in order to protect him from further injury.
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