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.


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  Today is Thursday, July 31, the 212th day of 2014. There are 153 days left in the year.

1864 -- 150 years ago: A corps of surgeons now occupies the new hospital quarters at the Garrison Hospital on the Rock Island Arsenal. A fence has been installed to enclose the prison hospital.
1889 -- 125 years ago: B. Winter has let a contract to Christ Schreiner for a two story brick building with a double store front on the south side of 3rd Avenue just west of 17th Street. The estimated cost was $4,500.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Germany sent simultaneous ultimatums to Russia and France, demanding that Russia suspend mobilization within 12 hours and demanding that France inform Germany within 18 hours. In the case of war between Germany and Russia, France would remain neutral.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Civil service offices at the post office and the Rock Island Arsenal were swamped as more than 700 youths sought 15 machinist apprenticeships at the Arsenal.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Last night, American Legion Post 246 in Moline figuratively handed over the trousers to a female ex-Marine and petticoat rule began. Olga Swanson, of Moline, was installed as the first woman commander of the post .
1989 -- 25 years ago: The Illinois Quad City Civic Center captured the excitement and interest of a convention of auditorium managers this weekend in Reno, Nev. Bill Adams, civic center authority chairman, said the 10,000-seat arena planned for downtown Moline has caught the eye of construction firms, suppliers, management teams and concession groups.

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