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Police officers honored for saving suicidal man

Published: Saturday, Sept. 28, 2013 5:30 a.m. CDT
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Morris Police Chief Brent Dite congratulates Sgt. Monty Allbert during the last Morris City Council meeting. Allbert and Patrolman Paul Burke were honored at that meeting with Life Saving Awards from the American Police Hall of Fame.

Two Morris police officers who saved a man’s life were given the American Police Hall of Fame Life Saving Award.

On Aug. 13, Sgt. Monty Allbert and patrolman Paul Burke responded to a call on Armstrong Street for a suicidal man who was threatening his own life with a knife.

On scene, the officers found the man did have a knife and he told the officers to shoot him, Chief Brent Dite told the Morris City Council last week.

“Sgt. Allbert and patrolman Burke attempted to talk the subject into dropping the knife, meanwhile tactically positioning themselves,” said Dite.

The man did not listen and attempted to stab himself in the stomach. That is when the officers took action.

“Sgt. Allbert and Patrolman Burke, both placing themselves in harm’s way, charged the subject and disarmed him, thereby saving his life,” he said.

The officers were recognized at the last Morris City Council meeting and given certificates, medals, pins and award bars for their work.

Burke said although the situation he and Allbert faced was not one they see every day, it’s an honor to be recognized, especially for such a scary situation.

“It is nice to get recognition for that kind of work,” Burke said Friday.

In addition, Allbert, Burke, patrolman Curt Kneller and patrolman Charles Newton were also honored with certificates of appreciation from the Alliance Against Intoxicated Motorists for exceptional driving under the influence enforcement.

AAIM surveys more than 700 police agencies in Illinois every year to find the state’s top DUI enforcement officers as part of its pledge to continue to fight against impaired driving.

“It was my honor and pleasure to issue these two life-saving awards to Sgt. Allbert and patrolman Burke for their actions,” Dite said.

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