Real-Life Super Heroes Take Over The Joe
HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT)– Thursday evening, five local lawmen were honored for their bravery at the Huntsville Stars Game during “Local Super Hero Night” at Joe Davis Stadium.
The four officers and one deputy were given season tickets for the 2014 season, autographed team baseballs, skybox seats and a standing ovation.
Below is a description of all the honorees provided as part of their nominations:
Deputy Daniel Hardy
The awards committee met and voted to bestow the Meritorious Service Award for uncommon valor exhibited during a pursuit and subsequent vehicle accident which occurred on December 10, 2011.
Deputy Hardy located and attempted to stop an attempted kidnapping suspect. The suspect fled his vehicle at speeds exceeding 100 miles per hour. The suspect was involved in a single vehicle accident on North Memorial Parkway, south of University drive in which the vehicle burst into flames. Deputy Hardy, with no regard for his own being or personal safety, approached the burning vehicle and dragged the offender to safety. The offenders clothing was ablaze and deputy Hardy sustained minor burns to his hands while attempting to free the suspect.
Deputy Hardy’s selfless and courageous act is keeping with the highest standards of the law enforcement profession. He is a credit to the profession to the Madison County Sheriffs office and to himself.
Officer Jeffery Gentilcore
Officer Gentilcore has been with the Athens Police department since November 15, 2009 and has been an exemplary law enforcement officer. He is an excellent role model for the younger officers and citizens of Athens.
In April 2013, officer Gentilecore organized the first annual Athen’s police department reserve golf tournament which allowed our department to buy four flag poles. As a result, there is a flag pole and flag at the grave of every fallen Athens Police Department Officers.
Officer Gentilecore is a kind and understanding person who goes out of this way to help those in need whether it is a stranded motorist or a victim of domestic violence. He certainly represents the Athens police department well!
Officer Douglas Pennington
Officer Douglas Pennington has been a Huntsville Police Officer for five years and during his career has received 9 certificated of Commendation, two letters of Appreciation, one Outstanding Unit Citation and one Meritorious Service Medal. Last year, Officer Pennington answered 401 calls for service, wrote 165 case reports and made 124 arrests, conducted 358 traffic stops, and had 357 events that were self-initiated. Of the arrests made 4 were robbery offenders. Outside his regular patrol duties, Officer Pennington serves on the Departments bicycle unit, Mobile Field Force Unit, and Honor Guard Unit.
Officer Kevin Primeau
Officer Kevin Primeau has been a Huntsville Police Officer for two years and during his career received one certificate of Commendation and 1 Meritorious Service Medal. Last year, Officer Pennington answered 477 calls for service, wrote 183 cases, made 73 arrests, conducted 298 traffic stops, and had 109 events that were self-initiated. Of the arrests made, two were for robbery and one for burglary.
Both officer Douglas Pennington and Officer Kevin Primeau have been very successful in taking drugs off the streets through interdiction activity. Approximately one and a half years ago these officers were involved in an encounter with an armed suspect. Due to their training and professionalism, they prevailed over the deadly encounter. The suspect was charged with attempted murder and it was these officers high level of professionalism that helped convict the suspect in a court of law. Since the encounter, these officers have continued to carry out the mission of the Huntsville Police Department to serve our community by protecting life, liberty, property and defending constitutional rights of all people with compassion, fairness, integrity, and professionalism.
Patrol Officer Greg Dees
Officer Greg Dees has been a member of the Madison Police Department Traffic Safety Unit for over five years. In that time he has proven to be one of the most effective officers in the Madison Police Department. His efforts have reduced the number of serious collisions occurring in Madison roads during morning commutes. He has been a critical part of traffic homicide investigations resulting in identifying and prosecuting offenders. In February of 2013, he was responsible for locating and arresting a suspect who just robbed the Bancorp south branch bank. Within 15 minutes of the robbery alarm, Officer Dees had apprehended the officer and recovered all currency, as well as the weapon involved
Most recently officer Dees was selected as the Madison police officer of the year by his peers. There can be no greater honor than to be recognized as the best by ones fellow officers. He has received countless awards and citations. These are but a few highlights of Officer Dees contributions to the safety of our citizens, leadership in the department and relentless pursuit of justice.
(Information provided by The Huntsville Stars)