BHC, community honor six area first responders

Seref Onder with 4 police officers holding certificates & award
Officer Matthew Bundy and Officer Brieanne Lonergan of the Rock Island (IL) Police Department; Dr. Seref Onder, director of the BHC Criminal Justice Program; and Officer Caleb Boyer and Officer Wesley Washburn of the Pekin (IL) Police Department. Not pictured are Officer Nick Appell of the Pekin (IL) Police Department and Officer Justin Adams of the Davenport (IA) Police Department.

Black Hawk College recently honored six area first responders for their contributions, sacrifices and dedication to public service.

Community members were invited to nominate first responders who have demonstrated a willingness to place their own lives at risk for others or have dedicated themselves to the service of others. Events/incidents that occurred in the 12 months prior to nomination were considered.

The college received 45 award nominations and selected six recipients.

Read about the BHC First Responders Hero Award & Certificates of Appreciation 2022 (PDF) recipients.

First Responder Hero Award

  • Officer Wesley Washburn, Pekin (IL) Police Department

Certificates of Appreciation

  • Officer Nick Appell and Officer Caleb Boyer, Pekin (IL) Police Department
  • Officer Matthew Bundy and Officer Brieanne Lonergan, Rock Island (IL) Police Department
  • Officer Justin Adams, Davenport (IA) Police Department
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