The Kiwanis Club of Evanston Public Safety awards honored three outstanding individuals from Evanston’s police, fire and public safety sectors at a recent luncheon at the Celtic Knot.
Families, fellow officers and Kiwanians saluted Wayne Davis (Fire Dept.), Shaun O’Brien (Police Dept.) and Robert Locke, ETHS Public Safety, for their outstanding service to the Evanston community.
Fire Chief Greg Klaiber introduced Firefighter/Paramedic Wayne Davis. FF/PM Wayne Davis has been with the department for eight years and is a graduate of ETHS. He also teaches the Public Safety course for the department at the high school. He is a Paramedic Preceptor, teaching the department’s new paramedics in preparation for their role in the department and also assists as a CPR Instructor for the department and its Public CPR Program.
Police Chief Richard Eddington cited Shaun O’Brien, recognized throughout the Chicago area this past winter when he rescued an austistic child who jumped into the Des Plaines River. He has also been recognized by his alma mater, Loras College, as the outstanding Young Alumnus for his brave act. Eddington added that O’Brien’s actions represents the selflessness that officers of the department show toward members of the community.
ETHS Director of Safety, Sam Pettineo introduced Robert Locke, Jr.. who was recognized for his work in reducing the number of locker room thefts this past year. He thanked Pettineo for giving him full rein for his ideas and implementation of new strategies for reducing theft which resulted in several thousands of dollars in savings for the school.
Kiwanis president, Jim Wolinski, presented each man with a certificate of recognition for their services to Evanston. The Kiwanis Club presents the Public Safety awards annually as part of an on-going program which honors outstanding youth and adults
who make worth-while contributions to the well-being of the Evanston community.