Some 50 friends, family and fellow officers attended Kiwanis annual recognition of fire, police and public safety personnel on May 17.
The honorees were Dexter Calhoun, a public safety officer at Evanston Townhip High School; Tracy Williams of the Evanston Police Department and Peter (P.J.) Casey of the Evanston Fire and Life Safety Services Department. Each received a plaque acknowledging his contributions to the well-being of the Evanston community and received praise from their superiors. In turn each “everyday hero” made brief comments about his service.
Mr. Calhoun, a 2003 graduate of ETHS, was commended for his ability to relate to young people and for having defusing several situations that could have escalated into something serious. He said he tells the students at ETHS that they are responsible for their actions.
Mr. Williams, a 19-year veteran of the Evanston Police Department, made a trip to Springfield for services commemorating the sacrifices of other officers and organized one of LifeSource’s most successful blood drives to help an Evanston officer who was hospitalized. He was cited for his recent valor in disarming a person with a loaded gun and the apprehension of two juveniles involved in a crime.
P.J. Casey, Firefighter of the Year, serves as a paramedic on the hazardous material committee and was lauded for his initiative in problem-solving. Fire Chief Greg Klaiber noted Mr. Casey’s dependability. Mr. Casey’s father, P.A. Casey, is a captain and paramedic in the Evanston Fire and Life Safety Services Department.