Archive for Thursday, May 19, 2005

Basehor corporal is honored as Police Officer of the Year

May 19, 2005

Greg Hallgrimson, a Basehor Police Department officer who was recently promoted corporal, added another distinction to his resume Monday night.

Police Officer of the Year.

Hallgrimson received the award during Monday night's 19th Annual Peace Officers and Police Awards banquet at the Lansing Community Center. The banquet coincides with National Police Week, which runs from May 15 through May 21.

Basehor police chief Terry Horner nominated Hallgrimson for the award. The police chief said the officer's valiant work has not gone unnoticed.

"Over the past year, Officer Hallgrimson has led the way in departmental productivity in various different avenues," Horner wrote in his nomination letter. "As the only full-time officer living within the city limits of Basehor, he has made himself available to respond to assist other officers should the need arise.

"Officer Hallgrimson demonstrates a positive attitude towards his fellow officers as well as to the public. His pro-active style is seen in all aspects of his duties and his willing to learn attitude allows for continuous growth within the department."

Other Basehor officers received recognition Monday night. Those officers receiving awards were:

  • Andrew Slaughter and Lloyd Martley for Life Saving Citation, stemming from a medical emergency call they responded to in Nov. 2004. Upon arrival at a Basehor residence, the officers found an 87-year-old man unconscious and showing no signs of breathing or a pulse.

Slaughter and Martley used an automatic external defibrillator and CPR to restore the man's breathing and pulse. He was later transported to an area hospital, where he eventually passed away.

"The quick action of officer Lloyd Martley and officer Andrew Slaughter directly contributed to the prolonging of the victim's life," Horner wrote.

  • Greg Hallgrimson and Dennis Nichols for Merit for Excellent Arrest, stemming from domestic violence call at Basehor residence in Oct. 2004.

Hallgrimson was flagged down by a Basehor youth on Parallel Road who informed him his father was "in a rage." At the home, Hallgrimson found that the suspect had allegedly raped and battered his wife.

Nichols assisted in the investigation, collected evidence and transported the victim for treatment.

The suspect in the case was charged with rape and domestic battery and is currently awaiting trial in Leavenworth County District Court.

  • Martin Cigich and Jason Slaughter, who's no longer with the department, for Certificate of Achievement in a Criminal Investigation. The award stems from the officers' work in investigating a burglary in July 2004 at the Basehor Wastewater Treatment Facility.
  • Traci Myracle, clerk for the Basehor Police Department and Municipal Court, for Certificate of Appreciation. Horner nominated Myracle for the award.

"Under limited personnel resources, Traci has been able to do both the Basehor Municipal Court duties as well as serve as secretary for the Basehor Police Department," he wrote. "In addition, she serves as a personal assistant to the Chief of Police and maintains all the court and police department records."

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