Police department honors its team

Published 07/19 2013 10:40PM

Updated 07/22 2013 12:36PM

URBANA -- The police department held an awards ceremony Friday. Sixteen of them were given out to those who went above and beyond the call of duty.

Three went to people in the community who helped the department in certain situations. The others went to officers for things like developing training programs, solving cases and saving lives. 

"I did not expect that award. I'll be honest with you. I thought it was going to be a merit award," said Officer Dan Bailey. He's talking about the life-saving award. He got the first ever of its kind.
"To get the first one, it's really a great feeling and it's the first of many to come," said Bailey.

In January, he responded to a hotel room and found an unconscious man when he got inside.

"I had to go in there and kind of break the door off the hinges and give him CPR. It's a very euphoric feeling," said Bailey.

"It was a good feeling. It was, ya know, a lot of times, bad things happen and it's good because he's young and he still has a chance," said Officer Michelle Robinson.

She got the second ever life-saving award for a rescue that happened just days after Officer Bailey's.

"We had a call of an accidental overdose. As I got in, he was laying on the room floor. I tilted his head back to open up his airways and started chest compressions until they came and took over," said Robinson.

It's just another example of Urbana Police going above and beyond for their community.

"It feels good. I mean, everything I do is not only for my department you know, but it's for its citizens and it feels good to be recognized," said Robinson.

"I mean, when you really realize you're in an incident that what you did led to someone living, it's fantastic. I mean it goes beyond what we do normally," said Bailey.

Officer Robinson also got a merit award for helping identify a suspect in an attempted sexual assault case.

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