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Officers commended for saving life, drug arrests

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Cannelton mayor reads police-week proclamation

By KEVIN KOELLING, Managing Editor

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CANNELTON – Three Cannelton police officers were recognized at a board of public works meeting May 9 for life-saving and drug-busting efforts.

Police Chief Eric Dickenson said Sgt. Lee Hall and Officer Jeff Dickenson were returning from training at the Indiana Law Enforcement Academy Aug. 2, 2007 when they overheard a radio dispatch concerning an unresponsive female believed not to be breathing. They realized they were only a short distance from her location and responded to find the victim was not breathing and had no pulse.

“They were able to implement their recent training and employ equipment available to them … without hesitation and with the utmost professionalism,” he said. “They were able to re-establish a pulse and breathe into the victim while emergency medical services arrived.”

A letter signed by the chief and Mayor Smokey Graves was presented to each of the officers, and the mayor affixed pins to their uniforms signifying their lifesaving efforts.

Hall then read a letter commending Patrolman David Biever.

“On April 30, 2011, you initiated contact with a vehicle parked in Old Cliff Cemetery,” he read.

The officer observed behavior he considered suspicious and “when you approached the vehicle, you immediately determined through your training and experience that criminal activity was afoot,” Hall continued. Biever arrested the car’s two occupants on illegal-drugs charges and with the help of other Cannelton officers and those of the Perry County Sheriff’s and Tell City Police departments, also arrested two others.

“Your dedication, service and professionalism resulted in the arrests of several individuals, the seizures of two vehicles, currency, firearms and illegal narcotics, making the city of Cannelton a safer place,” Hall continued.

“I’m just so proud of our guys,” the police chief said after the presentations, echoing the idea that they helped make the city safer.

The presentations served as a good lead-in to his proclamation of the observance of National Police Week in Cannelton May 15-21, the mayor said.

“The police officers of America have worked devotedly and selflessly in behalf of the people of this nation regardless of the terrible hazards to themselves,” he read from the proclamation. “These officers have safeguarded the lives and property of their fellow Americans and … by the enforcement of laws … have given this country internal freedom from the fear of violence and civil disorder that is presently affecting other nations. … these men and women, by their patriotic service and dedicated efforts, have earned the gratitude of the public.”

The observance was established in 1962 by President John F. Kennedy and a joint resolution of Congress, Graves noted, saying “National Police Week pays tribute to those law-enforcement officers who have lost their lives in service to others” with ceremonies conducted each year in Washington, D.C. and across the nation.