Law Officer of the Year

 

By  Herald-Whig

Posted: Feb. 23, 2018 9:30 pm Updated: Feb. 23, 2018 11:26 pm
 

QUINCY — Both Tri-Township firefighter Kyle Dixon and Illinois State Police Trooper Cory Fox love their jobs and aren’t in it for the accolades.

But accolades were in order Friday, when the Quincy Exchange Club named Fox as Law Enforcement Officer of the Year and Dixon as Firefighter of the Year.

Both gave short acceptance speeches after they learned they were being recognized at Friday’s Exchange Club’s Public Safety Officer Appreciation Luncheon at the Elks Club.

Adams County Sheriff Brian VonderHaar said Fox, who works in District 14 based in Macomb, responded to a domestic disturbance in Oquawka in March along with a Henderson County sheriff’s deputy. The man involved was holding a knife in his fist as if he intended to use it.

Despite the use of Tasers, the man tackled both Fox and the deputy and initiated a ground fight, eventually pinning the deputy. Fox fought with the suspect, who tried to grab the trooper’s firearm, and was able to subdue him.

“It is District 14’s command opinion that Trooper Fox saved the life of the deputy and possibly the life of the domestic battery victim,” VonderHaar said.

He said Fox also has been recognized by Mothers Against Drunk Driving for his enforcement of laws against drunken driving and has mentored new law enforcement officers.

Fox thanked the command staff for the nomination and lauded other law enforcement officers he has met at the Exchange Club’s annual awards ceremony.

“It’s a great honor every year to listen to the stories,” Fox said. “I’ve trained with some of the guys that have gotten it before, and it’s just really nice that the Exchange Club does this.”

Quincy Fire Chief Joe Henning presented the Firefighter of the Year award to Dixon. He noted that Dixon showed his love for the profession when he became a member of the Quincy Fire Department’s Explorer program as a teen.

Dixon has been an on-call firefighter with the Tri-Township Fire Department since 2006, and he is the department’s emergency medical service officer. He is also a captain with the Adams County Ambulance Service.

“In the words of his chief, ‘He sets the bar high, consistently being one of the firefighters with the highest percentage of off-duty responses full- or part-time,’ ” Henning said.

Dixon was surprised and humbled that he received the award. He said he looks forward to working in public safety every day.

“Firefighting and public safety in general was something I identified early on, and that was my focus coming out of high school,” Dixon said.

Also honored Friday were Cindy Vancil-Haxel and Frank Haxel, who shared the Citizen of the Year award for their work with We Back the Blue campaign in Quincy, which rallied public support for local law enforcement, and Six String Heroes, which provides guitar lessons for military veterans.

“It just takes a little bit of work to make a big difference, and I’m just very honored (to receive) the award,” Vancil-Haxel said.

Haxel and Vancil-Haxel accepted the award in honor of law enforcement officers and first responders.

“You guys are the guys who get up every day, you put on the uniforms, you strap on the belts, you pin on that badge, and you guys go out and do the heavy lifting,” Haxel said.

Year Law Officer of the Year
2017-18 Cory Fox ISP
2016-17 Tommy Pickett ACSD
2015-16 Adam Gibson QPD
2014-15 Rob Power LCSD
2013-14 Brad Williams ISP
2012-13 Darla Pullins QPD
2011-12 Tom Miller QPD/Joe Lohmeyer ACSD
2010-11 Jeff Nevin QPD
2009-10 Timmy Shoop MHP
2008-09 Todd Adkisson ISP
2007-08 Gil Feld QPD
2006-07 Jason Simmons QPD
2005-06 Tom Mavity ISP
2004-05 Fred Kientzle ACS
2003-04 Steven Holder MHP
2002-03 Robert Mehl QPD
2001-02 Mike Pigg ISP
2000-01 John Douglas QPD
1999-00 Brett Johnson MHP
1998-99 Gerald Kempf ISP
1997-98 Dina Dreyer QPD
1996-97 Roger Fox ISP
1995-96 Loretta Lewis QPD
1994-95 Glen Sanders ICP
1993-94 Ray Nebe ACS
1992-93 RT Finney QPD
1991-92 Gregory Kindle MHP
1990-91 John Harberts ACS
1989-90 Steve Albert QPD
1988-89 David Dodson ISP
1987-88 Michael DeVoss QPD
1986-87 Gene Vaughn MHP
1985-86 Richard Hessling QPD
1984-85 John Short ISP
1983-84 Larry Carley QPD
1982-83 Bill Anderson ISP
1981-82 Greg Scott QPD
1980-81 Harry Cramer QPD
1979-80 Ernie Schroeder MHP
1978-79 Alfred Griffin QPD
1977-78 Elyon Davis FBI
1976-77 Henry Kay QPD
1975-76 L Meatheringham ISP
1974-75 John Wilson QPD
1973-74 Kenneth Hill QPD
1972-73 Rich Harshman ISP
1971-72 Theda Jansen QPD
1970-71 John Maxwell QPD
1969-70 Ted Fanos ISP
1968-69 Donald Capps QPD
1967-68 Norman Hayes QPD
 
QPD Quincy Police Department
ACSD Adams County Sheriff’s Department
ISP Illinois State Police
MHP Missouri Highway patrol
ICP Illinois Conservation Police
FBI Federal Bureau of Investigation
LCSD Lewis County Sheriff Department