Wheaton Police Department Honors Employees
The Wheaton Police Department has promoted Sergeant William Murphy to Lieutenant and Officer Karl Dillenkoffer to Sergeant. Lieutenant Murphy has served the department since 1990 and Sergeant Dillenkoffer since 1999, both serving in a variety of assignments during their tenure.
Police Officer Donald Stelmar received the Officer of the Year Award for his outstanding, consistent and professional work efforts. He has served the citizens of Wheaton for nearly 22 years and has conducted himself in a professional manner consistent with the values of the Wheaton Police Department. He serves as a role model for the entire department.
The Police Department Auxiliary Police Unit received the Civilian of the Year Award for its untiring and distinguishing commitment to support regular patrol operations throughout the many years of its existence. The Auxiliary Police Unit is comprised of 11 sworn members of the department who work part-time hours throughout the year to augment officers by performing tasks such as traffic and crowd control at City events; public relations at City and civic events; and patrolling parks, schools, and downtown Wheaton.
Detective Edward Fanning received the Distinguished Service award for investigation and subsequent conviction of Kevin McCartney for the 2009 Gregory Hoctor reckless homicide, after McCartney left his friend to die. The Distinguished Service Medal is awarded to employees who distinguish themselves by performing exceptional service in a duty of great responsibility or of critical importance to law enforcement.
Officer Conway, Officer Caliendo, Officer Dillenkoffer, Detective Gabryel, Detective Hamill, Officer Hattabaugh, Investigative Secretary Kujawinski, Officer Long, Officer Paul, Detective Potter, Officer Schanz, Officer Angela Smith, Detective Andrew Uhlir, Officer Waterous, and Detective David Zdan (Retired) received a Unit Citation for investigative support for this same case.
Auxiliary Officer Brad Goodsell was awarded the Police Star for rescuing a stranded pedestrian from the railroad tracks during the July 4, 2013 parade. The Police Star is awarded to employees who distinguish themselves by bravery or heroism beyond the normal demands of duty and distinguish themselves by performing in stressful situations with exceptional tactics or judgment.
Auxiliary Officer Curtis Kiebles was awarded the Police Star for apprehension of Michael Delaney for the 2009 murder of Michael Scalzo. The Police Star is awarded to employees who distinguish themselves by bravery or heroism above and beyond the normal demands of duty and distinguish themselves by performing in stressful situations with exceptional tactics or judgment.