DeWitt finest honored

Norton said Conway's dedication and ability to make numerous positive and progressive changes within the police department earned him the title.

Community members Murray J. Saucier and Reverend Dr. G. Douglas Eddy as well as Police Sergeant James Hildmann were acknowledged for Outstanding Service to the Community.

DeWitt resident Saucier witnessed a car accident back in September 2006 and chose to take immediate action that involved a call to 9-1-1, locating the aggressor, and helping the accident victim. Deeds resulted in a Driving While Intoxicated arrest.

"Your actions on that day were instrumental in locating the driver that caused the accident," Conway said. "Your willingness to get involved and assist the police by going out of your way to obtain crucial information, and then to return to the scene of the accident to assist the victim, is highly commended."

Eddy's selfless sense of duty came during a middle of the night call when the distraught wife of a suicide victim was in dire need of fellowship and support. While she waited for her son-in-law to arrive from Massachusetts, Eddy himself came to the aid of the woman and stayed with her during the lengthy wait.

"This is just one instance of the many times that you have offered your services to our agency and the individuals we come in contact with," Conway said. "Your willingness to assist not only spiritually, but with the compassion, understanding and guidance that these people need, is greatly appreciated."

Conway described Hildmann as a dedicated leader, referring to his supervisory role overseeing and bettering the department's Community Policing Program, and initiating a "Take Me Home" program for elderly citizens.

"Not only did you create new community policing groups, but you expanded our program to include more bicycle patrols, new community patrols and now foot patrols," Conway stated. "Your initiatives have proven to be a progressive new venue for opening lines of communication between the residents and the police department."

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