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ASIS International Illinois North Shore Chapter Recognizes Officers at 2nd Annual Officer Appreciation Dinner

On October 8th, the ASIS International Illinois North Shore Chapter #147 hosted their 2nd Annual Officer Appreciation Dinner to recognize both Law Enforcement and Private Security Officers for their dedication to safeguarding community and organizational assets. The focus this year was to solidify a community outreach and public-private partnership program honoring the greater Northern Illinois law enforcement and private security officers for their dedication to selflessly serve member organizations and communities.

Nomination criteria focused on exemplary performance of duty by conspicuous act or acts, acts of bravery, heroism or outstanding courage and/or extreme dedication to the law enforcement or private security profession.  The keynote speaker for this event was Park Ridge Police Chief and current chairman of the Illinois Chiefs of Police Association, Frank Kaminski.  The nominees and awardees are as follows:

THE pRIVATE SECURITY OFFICER CATEGORY:

THE 2015 PRIVATE SECURITY CATEGORY OFFICER OF THE YEAR:  officer RYAN MONTAG, ALLIED BARTON SECURITY SERVICES

(From Left to Right:  Tim Schoolmaster - OAD Chairman, Dave Maiden-Chapter Co-Chairman, Officer Chris Pawl, Officer Aaron Pennington, Officer Robert Hanson, Officer Ryan Montag, Officer Don Leavitt, Park Ridge Police Chief Frank Kaminski, Jim Waldrop - Chapter Chairman, Officer Bryan Wilson, Officer Marissa Knight)

Name

Organization

Officer Marissa Knight

U.S. Security Associates

Officer Aaron Pennington

U.S. Security Associates

Officer Chris Pawl

G4S Security

Robert Hanson

G4S Security

Brian Wilson

Universal Protection Services

Don Leavitt

Whelan Security

the LAW ENFORCEMENT CATEGORY:

the 2015 law enforcement CATEGORY officer of the year: OFFICER DAN RUTH, GURNEE POLICE DEPARTMENT

(From Left to Right:  Dave Maiden-Chapter Co-Chairman, Deputy Dave McNichol, Officer David Domin, Detective Ken Carter, Tim Schoolmaster - OAD Chairman, Detective Michael Bennett, Officer Dan Ruth, Jim Waldrop - Chapter Chairman, Officer Michael Venezia, Police Chief Frank Kaminski, Officer Mark Petrovich, Officer Constantino Cipolla)

Name

Organization

Officer Constantino Cipolla

Woodstock PD

Deputy Dave McNichol

Lake County Sheriff

DET. Michael Bennett

Lake County Sheriff

Officer Michael Venezia

Hoffman Estates PD

Officer Mark Petrovich

Hoffman Estates PD

Officer David Domin

Hoffman Estates PD

DET. Kenneth Carter

Evanston PD

THE 2015 ASIS INTERNATIONAL ILLINOIS NORTH SHORE CHAPTER DISTINGUISHED OFFICER OF THE YEAR : SGT MARK POYA, EVANSTON POLICE DEPARTMENT

(From Left to Right:  Dave Maiden-Chapter Co-Chairman, SGT Mark Poya, Tim Schoolmaster - OAD Chairman Park Ridge Police Chief Frank Kaminski, Jim Waldrop - Chapter Chairman)

"SGT MARK POYA WAS OFF DUTY IN A LOCAL ESTABLISHMENT WATCHING A SPORTS EVENT WHEN TWO ARMED MEN ENTERED AND ANNOUNCED A "HOLD UP."  SGT POYA REMAINED CALM BUT OBSERVED ONE PATRON FLEEING OUT A SIDE DOOR TO ESCAPE THIS SITUATION.  ONE OF THE ARMED OFFENDERS BEGAN A CHASE; SGT POYA KNEW THIS INDIVIDUAL WAS IN IMMEDIATE DANGER AND DISREGARDING HIS OWN PERSONAL SAFETY PROCEEDED THROUGH THE SAME SIDE DOOR TO THE OUTSIDE.  ONCE OUTSIDE, HE OBSERVED THE PERPETRATOR STANDING OVER THE PATRON WITH HIS FIREARM AIMED AT THE PATRON'S HEAD.  SGT POYA ANNOUNCED THAT HE WAS AN OFFICER OF THE LAW AND AN EXCHANGE OF GUNFIRE ENSUED.  THE 2ND OFFENDER HAD ALSO EXITED THE ESTABLISHMENT AND CAUSED SGT POYA TO TAKE COVER BEHIND A PARKED VEHICLE.  AN EXCHANGE OF GUNFIRE CONTINUED WITH THE TWO OFFENDERS.  WITHIN A FEW MINUTES THEY MADE THEIR WAY TO A VEHICLE AND FLED THE SCENE.  NO PATRONS WERE INJURED OR KILLED DURING THIS ARMED ENCOUNTER AND CITIZENS WERE PROTECTED FROM POTENTIAL GUN VIOLENCE.  SGT POYA REPRESENTS THE BEST THAT THE LAW ENFORCEMENT COMMUNITY HAS TO OFFER AND IS OUR DISTINGUISHED OFFICER OF THE YEAR FOR EXHIBITING EXCEPTIONAL COURAGE, WITHOUT THOUGHT OF HIS PERSONAL SAFETY, TO PROTECT HUMAN LIFE."

A special award was presented at this event to two individuals who organized and have clearly demonstrated the meaning of "public-private sector partnerships" in their actions.  The awardees were Officer Matt McGannon, Park Ridge Police Department and Mr. Phil Schatzel, Lutheran General Hospital security:

(From Left to Right:  Dave Maiden-Chapter Co-Chairman, Phil Schatzel, Tim Schoolmaster - OAD Chairman, Park Ridge Police Chief Frank Kaminski, Officer Matt McGannon, Jim Waldrop - Chapter Chairman)

The event included musical entertainment by the Chicago Police Emerald Society Pipe & Drum Corps and color guard by the Lake County Reserve Police.  Over 110 chapter members, guests and law enforcement and security officer professionals were in attendance.  Positive comments were received across numerous media outlets in the greater Northern Illinois region. 

                    

Pipe & Drum Corps                                                                          Lake County Reserve Police Color Guard

 

                 

Park Ridge Police Chief Frank Kaminski                                                   Attendees - Head Table

                  

North Shore Chapter Officers                                                     Chapter Webmaster & Chair

(From Left to Right:  Dave Maiden-Co-Chairman,

Suzanne Casteel - Secretary, Jim Waldrop -Chairman,

Andy Babala - Treasurer)

               

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