Seven North Chicago Police officers were recognized by the mayor this month for keeping their composure after someone fired a gun at them as they responded to a domestic situation.
The officers went to a residence at about 1:30 a.m. on June 26 and encountered gunfire. The officers identified the suspect and collectively concluded that they did not need to use deadly force. They were able to make an arrest after a brief foot chase.
At the July 5 City Council meeting, Mayor Leon Rockingham recognized the seven officers for their bravery under fire.
“The officers responding to this situation demonstrated the utmost courage and restraint. They are an example for all law enforcement to follow,” Police Chief Lazaro Perez said.
Counseling still available
The Lake County state’s attorney’s office is letting people know that counseling is still available for anyone feeling emotional distress from the July 4 parade shooting in Highland Park.
The Family Assistance Center added an additional week of walk-in counseling at Highland Park High School, which was set to conclude on Friday. However, people who still need counseling can contact the FAC via this link: www.fbi.gov/contact-us/field-offices/chicago/news/press-releases/family-assistance-center-for-victims-of-highland-park-shooting
The state’s attorney’s office is also reminding people that scammers are out there trying to take advantage of people’s goodwill. Those wanting to donate money should be aware of fraudulent charities that sprang up in the wake of the shooting.
Authorities suggest that people refer to an approved list of GoFundMe pages. The list is at this address: wttw.com/2022/07/06/how-help-highland-park-victims-list-approved-gofundme-campaigns
Sheriff’s office awards
The Lake County sheriff’s office had a ceremony on June 30 to formally swear in Axel and Echo, the sixth and seventh canine officers in the police dog unit. But before the pair took the oath alongside their handlers, the sheriff’s office recognized several citizens and officers for meritorious actions.
William Farner was presented with the Citizen Lifesaving Award. Farner was at the North Shore Sports Club in Lake Forest in December when an elderly man began experiencing a medical emergency. Farner performed CPR and remained with the man until paramedics arrived and take over.
Krystyna Wilgus was recognized with the Citizen Commendation Award for her actions in June 2021, which included alerting 911 and following an elderly Grayslake woman who had been reported missing until officers arrived and returned the woman to her home.
Deputies Nicholas Sipola and Gregory Oakes received the Sheriff’s Lifesaving Award. The deputies made a well-being check in September 2021 for an 84-year-old woman after the woman, who receives a daily call from police to make sure she is OK, did not answer her phone.
The deputies did not get a response after knocking on the door. The then began searching a wooded area next to the residence and found the woman. She had fallen on the ground the previous day and was unable to get up. Fortunately, she survived the incident without serious injury.
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Deputy Dwight Arrowood was presented with the Sheriff’s Commendation Award for his efforts in separate incidents on March 2. Arrowood responded to Third Lake that day after authorities were alerted that a man on an ATV had broken through the ice on the lake surface.
Arrowood took a rowboat that was on shore and made his way to the point where the rider had entered the lake water to better direct fire department personnel. The man was pulled from the lake, but unfortunately later died.
Later that same day, Arrowood responded to a head-on collision at Illinois Route 83 and Winchester Road, comforting victims until paramedics and firefighters arrived. By chance, family members of the ATV rider and accident victims happened to meet in the hospital emergency waiting room, and realized that Arrowood had been the helpful officer in both incidents.
Selling to minors
Seven police departments from around Lake County performed alcohol compliance checks in their respective communities this spring to make sure businesses were not selling liquor to underage buyers.
The departments and their youthful undercover buyers visited 80 establishments, and found 15 violations. The checks were an initiative by the Lake County Underage Drinking and Drug Prevention Task Force, which is made up of citizens, parents, law enforcement and other interested people.
“Consistency from community to community and monitoring underage drinking issues will help us be successful in addressing this problem and saving lives,” task force Executive Director Bill Gentes said. “Our desire is to see 100% compliance, but it is refreshing to see the majority of businesses realize the seriousness of this issue and did not sell alcohol to the underage participants.”