Breaking News Bar
updated: 1/10/2014 7:47 PM

Aurora cops honored for rescuing girl from frigid pond

hello
Success - Article sent! close
  • Video: Heroic Aurora cops honored

  • Rod Herbig, left, president of the Fox Valley Chapter of the Sons of the American Revolution, and member Mike Campagnolo talk to Aurora police officers and Annie Prosser, 15, who the officers saved last March from a car that had plunged into a frigid pond.

       Rod Herbig, left, president of the Fox Valley Chapter of the Sons of the American Revolution, and member Mike Campagnolo talk to Aurora police officers and Annie Prosser, 15, who the officers saved last March from a car that had plunged into a frigid pond.
    Bev Horne | Staff Photographer

  • Rod Herbig, left, president of the Fox Valley Chapter of the Sons of the American Revolution, talks to Aurora police officers who saved a Batavia girl last March when the car in which she was riding plunged into a frigid pond. The officers included, from left, Nicholas Gartner, Erik Swastek, W. Joshua Sullivan and Jeffrey Hahn.

       Rod Herbig, left, president of the Fox Valley Chapter of the Sons of the American Revolution, talks to Aurora police officers who saved a Batavia girl last March when the car in which she was riding plunged into a frigid pond. The officers included, from left, Nicholas Gartner, Erik Swastek, W. Joshua Sullivan and Jeffrey Hahn.
    Bev Horne | Staff Photographer

  • Annie Prosser, 15, chats with officers Edwin Doepel, left, and W. Joshua Sullivan.

       Annie Prosser, 15, chats with officers Edwin Doepel, left, and W. Joshua Sullivan.
    Bev Horne | Staff Photographer

 
 

One of the traditions of the Sons of the American Revolution is honoring Americans who go above and beyond to help others in need or in danger.

With that in mind, members of the Fox Valley chapter visited the Aurora Police Department Friday to present medals and certificates to recognize seven officers who last March saved the life of a 15-year-old Batavia girl, Annie Prosser, by pulling her from a vehicle that had plunged into a frigid pond.

Dressed in colonial garb, Rod Herbig, a Lisle resident and president of the local chapter, presented each officer with a medal and certificate.

Herbig said the tradition of rewarding officers and other emergency personnel dates to the 1890s with the SAR.

"People who do service to the American citizens are often times unrewarded," he said.

"EMTs, firemen and any of those organizations that help out American citizens, that's what we're all about," he said.

Annie, who got to hug and thank the officers, also attended the ceremony with her family.

The officers who were honored were investigators Edwin Doepel, Erik Swastek, Greg Christoffel, Jeffrey Hahn, Nicholas Gartner and W. Joshua Sullivan along with officer Christopher Coronado.

Herbig said the officers went well beyond their duties when they rescued Annie. "I think the police department of Aurora deserves an award for having officers like this," he said.

Share this page
Comments ()
Guidelines: Keep it civil and on topic; no profanity, vulgarity, slurs or personal attacks. People who harass others or joke about tragedies will be blocked. If a comment violates these standards or our terms of service, click the X in the upper right corner of the comment box. To find our more, read our FAQ.
    help here