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Oswego Police Honored at Annual Award Ceremony

May 13, 2016 09:12AM ● Published by Steven Jack

Clockwise from top left Detective Anthony Snow, CSO William Shink, Officer Becky Hayes, Officer Ben Hackl, Officer Chad Dickey

On Friday, May 6 the Kendall County Association of Chiefs of Police hosted their 31st Annual Respect for Law Banquet at Whitetail Ridge in Yorkville at which several Oswego Police personnel received honors and recognition. 

The following received awards and or were finalists for awards:

CSO William Shink, Civilian of the Year — Winner

Nominated for his involvement in the Oswego Police Department Honor Guard and his dedicated service to the police department in which his commitment to being a role model American citizen has transformed the Honor Guard into the professional, reverent group it is today.

CSO Shink has desired to overhaul the unit and took it upon himself to research military manuals, create the Honor Guard's drill and ceremony manual, select uniforms and recondition rifles. He also created the Honor Guard Motto: Semper in Memoria Nostra Semper Honorus (Always in Our Memory Always Honored.) 

With his attention to detail, example setting and desire to serve, CSO Shink trained and molded the Honor Guard members to operate as a ceremonial unit that today is a source of strength, honor and pride, representing the Department's profound respect for fellow law enforcement members, in particular those who have given their lives in service. CSO Shink's selfless service and dedication in all areas of his life service. 

CSO Shink's selfless service and dedication in all areas of his life is a remarkable to witness as the respect he commands from all ranks in law enforcement, from civilians up to the Chief of Police as well as the public.

Detective Anthony Snow, Investigator of the Year — Finalist

Nominated for his work that began on 6/28/2015 as the assigned lead detective in an aggravated kidnapping case. Detective Sow had the difficult task of interviewing an emotionally distraught victim in this case. 

The victim went over to an ex-boyfriend's residence and was sexually assaulted at gunpoint. The suspect then made the victim drive him around in the victim's vehicle. While driving around, the suspect threw the handgun into a forest preserve lake. 

The victim convinced the suspect to take her back to his residence where upon arrival the suspect was taken in custody. Detective Snow brought the victim back to the forest preserve lake to get a more exact location of the disposed handgun. The handgun was recovered with the assistance of the Aurora Fire Department Dive Team. Detective Snow wrote and helped execute search warrants for the case. 

The Kendall County State's Attorney's Office approved charges of aggravated kidnapping, aggravated criminal. sexual assault and armed habitual criminal. Detective Sow later learned that the same victim was the target of a solicitation for murder for hire from the county jail. He assisted in coming up with a safety plan for the victim and kept constant communication with the victim during the investigation. 

Detective Snow was instrumental in assisting in the Kendall County Sheriff's Office with their solicitation of murder for hire. 

Officer Chad Dickey, Officer of the Year — Finalist

Nominated for his actions on 8/29/2015 during an officer involved shooting. Officer Dickey was dispatched to a general address on Ashlawn Avenue for a subject who called dispatch and stated there was going to be a massacre. 

Meanwhile, a party was going on within a block of the emotionally disturbed caller. As a result, officers met in the parking lot of the Oswego Presbyterian Church, which was more than a block away from the general address on Ashlawn Avenue. 

Unbeknownst to Officer Dickey and other assisting officers, a male subject was seen walking south on Ashlawn Avenue with something in his hands. The subject turned towards the officers and raised the rifle and fired a round. 

Officers Dickey and Hackl returned fire and struck the suspect. The suspect was later interviewed and stated his intentions were to go the residence of where the party was taking place and shoot the party-goers. Officer Dickey's action that night saved lives and is an example of exceptional bravery.

Officer Ben Hackl, Officer of the Year — Winner

Nominated for his actions on 8/29/2015 during an officer involved shooting. Officer Hackl was dispatched to a general address on Ashlawn Avenue for a subject who called dispatch and stated there was going to be a massacre. 

Meanwhile, a party was going on within a block of the emotionally disturbed caller. As a result, officers met in the parking lot of the Oswego Presbyterian Church, which was more than a block away from the general address on Ashlawn Avenue. 

Unbeknownst to Officer Hackl and other assisting officers, a male subject was seen walking south on Ashlawn Avenue with something in his hands. The subject turned towards the officers and raised the rifle and fired a round. Officers Hackl  and Dickey returned fire and struck the suspect. 

The suspect was later interviewed and stated his intentions were to go the residence of where the party was taking place and shoot the party-goers. Officer Dickey's action that night saved lives and is an example of exceptional bravery.

Officer Becky Hayes, Life Saving Award — Winner

Nominated for her actions on 8/31/2015, when she responded to a check the well-being call. After making entry into the home, Officer Hayes quickly realized that life-saving measures were needed. She began CPR until fire personnel arrived. Officer Hayes later learned that the subject was alive upon arrival at the hospital. 

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