The Macomb Police Department in cooperation with the Macomb Fire Department will be holding a Firetruck Pull on Saturday, September 26th at 10am. The event will take place in front of the Macomb Fire Department Fire House, 200 W. Jackson. Proceeds will go to support Speical Olympics. Please get a team together and help us raise money for an important cause.
This weekend America celebrates the 4th of July. Food, Family, Fun and of course Fireworks! The Macomb Police Department would like to remind the public that in Illinois, if it explodes, it’s illegal. Snap Pops, sparklers and things that emit sparks are fine to use but we recommend doing so in a safe manner. Below are some tips from the National Safety Council on the use of fireworks.
The National Safety Council advises that the best way to safely enjoy this 4th of July is to watch a public fireworks display conducted by professionals.
However, if fireworks are legal where you live and you decide to use them, be sure to follow these important safety tips:
•Older children should use fireworks only under close adult supervision.
•Light fireworks outdoors in a clear area away from onlookers, houses and flammable materials.
•Light one device at a time; maintain a safe distance after lighting.
•Do not allow any running or horseplay while fireworks are being used.
•Never ignite devices in a container.
•Do not try to re-light or handle malfunctioning fireworks; douse and soak them with water and discard them safely.
•Keep a bucket of water nearby to fully extinguish fireworks that don’t go off or in case of fire.
Remember that a simple item such as a sparkler can cause injury. Sparklers burn at a temperature of over 1200 degress. Touching one while it’s lit will cause injury and touching one after it has gone out can still cause severe burns. Be safe and leave the fireworks displays to the professionals.
On 06/16/2015 the Macomb Police Department honored five of it’s own and one citizen for actions taken in service to the community.
Officers Andrew Connor and Brandon Coulombe were honored with letters of commendation for their contribution to a recent methamphetamine case. Connor and Coulombe developed information from a semingly mundane case and were able to help the Investigations Division further that information into probable cause for a search warrant where a significant quantity of Methamphetamine and Methamphetamine making materials were located. Their work resulted in several arrests. Their willingness to go the extra mile demonstrates their committment to the community. The were presented with a Letter of Commendation for their work.
Next the Police Department honored Officers Derek Wiley and Todd Tedrow. On May 7th, 2015 Officers Wiley and Tedrow responded to a report of a suicide attempt. Upon arriving the officers found that the attempt was geniune as they witnessed the potential victim inside the house attempting to hang themself. Officers quickly entered the residence and thwarted the subjects attempt, subsequently saving the subjects life. Their quick thinking, confident action and teamwork was honored with a Life Saving Award. This is the second award for both officers. (Officer Tedrow was unable to be at the awards ceremony due to family committments and was presented his award later.)
The Macomb Police Department also honored Lt. Detective David Burnham for his investigations skills. Lt. Burnham was given the recent grafitti and racial slur case from early in May. Lt. Burnham located video surveillance footage that helped identify the suspect. Lt. Burnham used superior interview skills while interviewing a potential witness and again when he interviewed the suspect. Lt. Burnham’s quick action and great skill allowed him to make a quick arrest for a case that disturbed the community as a whole. For his efforts Lt. Burnham was present with a Letter of Commendation.
Lastly the Macomb Police Department presented a Citizens Award of Appreciation to Jim Howard. Jim is a driver for the Go West Demand Response division. On May 5th, 2015 Jim witnessed an elderly female subject in the Wal-Mart parking lot wrestling with a young man. Jim yelled at the young man to leave the woman alone and the young man took off running. Jim followed the subject and found him hiding under a trailer in the Wal-Mart parking lot. Jim held the suspect there until police could arrive. The suspect was found to be a career criminal with warrants out for his arrest. The subject had conned a ride from the elederly female and had stolen her checkbook. At the time of Jim’s intervention the elderly female was trying to wrestle the checkbook away from the young man. For his willingness to intervene and assist a citizen of our community in a time of need, Jim was presented with a Citizens Award of Appreciation.
The Macomb Police Department has received several complaints of pedestrians walking through the construction zone on West Adams Street.
The 100 through 300 block of West Adams Street, to include the sidewalk, has been closed in the interest of public safety while construction is underway.
Just a reminder that walking through a construction zone is a violation of the Illinois Vehicle Code and could cost you a minimum of $120.00 in fines.