RI honors three police officers

Posted Online: Feb. 17, 2014, 8:52 pm
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By Eric Timmons, etimmons@qconline.com
ROCK ISLAND -- Two police officers who saved a man's life in October were presented with awards for outstanding service at Monday's Rock Island City Council meeting.

A third officer who shot an armed suspect was presented with the Rock Island Police Department's Medal of Honor by Chief Jeff VenHuizen at Monday's meeting.

Officers Ryan Barnett and Jack LaGrange, who have been with the Rock Island Police Department for eight and seven years, respectively, were awarded the department's Life Saving Award.

In October, they were sent to the American Motor Inn on 11th Street after a report of a possible heroin overdose. They found an unresponsive man in a hotel room and began taking turns administering CPR.

The man was resuscitated four times before paramedics arrived, Chief VenHuizen said. Without the officers' actions, he said, the man would have died.

Officer John Hoyt, a 25-year Rock Island police veteran, received the Medal of Honor for his actions on July 21, 2012. On that day, he chased Quinton D. Clemons, 24, of Rock Island who was wanted on an outstanding warrant.

Mr. Clemons fell in the 1100 block of 18th Avenue and then turned to point a handgun at Officer Hoyt.

"In fear and in defense of his life, Officer Hoyt fired his duty weapon, striking and disabling the suspect," Chief VenHuizen told the city council.

Mr. Clemons survived the shooting and later pleaded guilty to felony counts of attempted aggravated discharge of a firearm and aggravated unlawful use of a weapon.

The Medal of Honor is awarded by the Rock Island Police Department for individual acts "of heroism at imminent hazard of life or serious injury, with full knowledge of the risk involved."

"There are times when officers perform their duties in a manner that exceeds even the highest expectations of the department," Chief VenHuizen said. "Officers Hoyt, Officer Barnett, and Officer LaGrange each deserve to be recognized for their outstanding performance of duty".

Also at Monday's council meeting, aldermen approved creating a new subdivision for the development of the Hill and Valley Premium Bakery plant at the Quad Cities Industrial Center at 3rd Avenue and 46th Street.

The bakery is moving from Watch Tower Plaza, where the city is demolishing buildings to clear the area so it can be used to construct a Walmart Supercenter.

Quintin D. Clemons, 23, of 602 7th Ave.,

A Rock Island man was charged on Wednesday with attempting to shoot a police officer, according to Rock Island County court records.

Representatives from the Illinois State Police and the State's Attorney's Office declined to say whether the charges were related to an incident that occurred in Rock Island on Saturday afternoon in which a man was shot by a police officer in the 1100 block of 18th Avenue.

Quintin D. Clemons, 23, of 602 7th Ave., is charged with one count of attempted aggravated discharge of a firearm, a Class 1 felony that carries a punishment of four to 27 years in prison.

He also is charged with one count of aggravated unlawful use of weapons, a Class 4 felony, which totes a maximum sentence of one to three years in a department of corrections.

Court documents allege that on Saturday, Mr. Clemons was carrying a loaded handgun, which he used to try and shoot a Rock Island police officer.

An arrest warrant was issued for Mr. Clemons on Wednesday by the Illinois State Police, according to court records.

Mr. Clemons was discharged from St. Francis Medical Center in Peoria on Thursday morning, according to the hospital. He was not in the Rock Island County jail as of late Thursday afternoon.

Master Sgt. Christopher Endress, of the Illinois State Police, said the investigation into the Saturday shooting continues.

Police now have a bullet that was removed during surgery from the man who allegedly fired at the officers, Sgt. Endress said.

The guns of the officers involved have been sent to a crime lab for analysis, he said. The Rock Island County Integrity Task Force, a multiagency group that investigates police-involved shootings, will file a report with the State's Attorney's Office once their investigation is complete.

Sgt. Endress said that during the incident on Saturday, a man wanted by law enforcement was shot at about 4 p.m. near the intersection of 18th Avenue and 11th Street by one of two officers who was chasing him.

Illinois State Police officers were dispatched at about 4:40 p.m. on Saturday and recovered guns at the scene belonging to the police officers as well as a gun believed to belong to the man they were chasing.

The man was taken to Trinity West Hospital in Rock Island on Saturday for injuries sustained and later was transferred to St. Francis Medical Hospital in Peoria, Sgt. Endress said.


Local events heading

  Today is Monday, Sept. 15, the 258th day of 2014. There are 107 days left in the year.

1864 — 150 years ago: The Rock River Illinois conference of the Methodist Church will hold its annual sessions this week in this city. About 200 ministers are expected to attend.
1889 — 125 years ago: The Brush electric company had prepared a new schedule of rates to become effective Oct. 1, with slightly increased rates to consumers.
1914 — 100 years ago: The Rock Island Aerie of Eagles made plans for the laying of the cornerstone of a new $50,000 Eagles Home. W.C. Maucker is to be master of ceremonies.
1939 — 75 years ago: Col. Charles A. Lindbergh spoke on "America and Foreign War" in a neutrality debate over nation wide radio hook-up.
1964 — 50 years ago: Two awards of the National Safety council were presented to the city of Rock Island today at noon at a meeting held in the YWCA.
1989 — 25 years ago: The final tallies are not yet in for the summer 1989 Quad-Cities tourism season, but officials are expecting the number of visitors to the area to be at least as good as, if not better than, 1988.

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