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Bettendorf Police Department Officer Carter Himmelman was peppered with question after question on Friday, Oct. 27, at Black Hawk College’s campus in Moline. Among them: “How long have you been a police officer?,” “Do you like what you do?” and “What’s your favorite part of the job?”
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- First Responder Hero Award: Sgt. William Lind of the East Moline Police Department. Sgt. Lind was severely injured in the line of duty on Oct. 24, 2022, while attempting to arrest a suspect wanted on felony arson charges. “We acknowledge his selfless sacrifice and unwavering commitment to upholding the safety and security of our community,” according to the award certificate. East Moline Police Chief Jeff Ramsey accepted the award on behalf of Sgt. Lind, who did not attend.
- Civilian First Responder Hero Award: Peyton Sallows of Port Byron. The 7-year-old girl was honored for helping save her mother’s life “through her exceptional bravery and quick thinking when her mother was experiencing severe anaphylactic shock. Peyton’s courage and composure in this high-stress situation” helped save her mother, according to the award certificate. During Friday’s ceremony, Peyton’s mother Ali Sallows, told the crowd how her daughter was able to call first responders, tell them about the medical situation and get help to save her life.
- Certificate of Appreciation: Michael Ark, a medic EMS with the Genesis Ambulance Services. Mr. Ark was also honored for his work in helping save Mrs. Sallows in that incident.
- First Responder Agency of the Year: Moline Fire Department. The department was honored for its “exceptional service, unwavering dedication and commitment to the community’s safety,” according to the award certificate.