Police Department Awards Given at Grinnell Council Meeting Monday May 19th

By Helen Hotchkin;

Peace Officers  Memorial Week offered an opportunity for Police Chief Dennis Riley to give awards to Sgt. Chris Wray, Sgt. Dan Johnson, and Ofc. Mike Dickenson at the Grinnell Council meeting tonight.  Recognition of fallen officers Ralph Ogan and Warren Binegar was also given with a presentation to the widows, Lois Ogan and Mary Ellen Binegar.  

Sgt. Wray was given a life saving award for responding quickly and professionally to administer CPR to a gentleman at a football game on October 25, 2013. His wife, Sarah, and surrounding civilians were also commended for their quick actions that saved the gentleman’s life.

Sgt. Dan Johnson and Ofc. Mike Dickenson were also given Chiefs Commendation in their successful effort to peacefully handle a firearm incident at a local business where alcohol was involved. 

Sgt. Johnson was also awarded for peacefully handling a volatile incident involving four intoxicated civilians and a firearm by himself.

The Annual Peace Office Memorial Week began on May 13 with a candlelight vigil on the steps of the State Capitol building.

When Chief Riley finished giving out his awards, Mayor Gordon Canfield presented him and the police department an award for his exceptional efforts in peacefully handling another volatile incident involving a man with a firearm and several innocent bystanders in the downtown area.

Then, Lois Ogan and Mary Ellen Binegar were presented with bouquets of roses from the council members for their sacrifices to the community.

Council member, Jim White, suggested that when we see the officers on the street we say thank you to them for the sacrifices they make every day.

After the awards were given, it was business as usual at the meeting.

White mentioned some fatal accidents occurring at the construction site at I-80. He requested that the public please slow down with all the construction going on.

An ordinance adding a new section pertaining to golf cart usage on the city streets included slow moving vehicle emblems on the carts, as well as having proof of liability when the golf cart is registered.

An inquiry from the League of Women Voters was brought to the council to install a stop sign at the corner of 9th and Main. Police Chief Riley will be looking into that.

Committee member, Byron Worley,  reminded everyone to make their appointments to get their sump pump inspected or their water bills will go up in January.

The next council meeting will be held June 2 at 7:00 pm.

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