Finalists named for North Aurora police award

Published: Saturday, Jan. 25, 2014 5:30 a.m. CDT

NORTH AURORA – North Aurora police officers David Parr and John (Jake) Kerlin are this year’s nominees for the 2013 North Aurora Officer of the Year award.

The award will be presented Tuesday at the North Aurora Lions Club’s annual awards banquet at Gaslite Manor in Aurora. This award has been presented annually since 2005.

Police supervisors provide the nominations, and the Lion’s Club chooses the winner.

Parr was assigned to the fleet maintenance team in 2011 and is responsible for making sure that routine maintenance is on schedule and making decisions on what equipment to purchase for the new squads.

“Officer Parr has grasped this role and made it his own by developing his own style of managing the task,” according to a police department news release. Parr has been a member of the North Aurora Police Department for 16 years and is assigned to the night shift patrol. 

Kerlin was nominated for the award in part for the actions he took on Nov. 5, when he was dispatched to check on the well-being of an elderly citizen.

Upon arrival, he found that the electricity had been turned off to the home because of a miscommunication with billing, the release stated. He assisted in resolving the problem; however, power could not be restored until the following morning, according to the news release.

The temperature would be dropping during the night, and the woman lived alone with no immediate family in the area. Kerlin offered to drive her to a hotel in the area and pay for the room out of his own pocket. The woman declined, since she did not want to leave her home. 

Kerlin then took measures to ensure the woman would be able to reach out to emergency services should she need help during the evening. Since she had no working phone, he bought a plug-in phone with his own money and then found the woman’s phone service was disconnected.

He then was able to arrange for a neighbor to loan the woman a cellphone and also to keep an eye on her for the evening. The next day, he returned to check on the woman and found that the power had been partially restored but that her furnace was not working. He contacted a furnace repair company for her and arranged a time when they could come and look at it.

To ensure the resident would have the support she would need in the future, he arranged for Senior Services to contact her.

Kerlin has been a member of the North Aurora Police Department for 13 years and is assigned to the evening shift patrol.

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