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Three Geneva officers honored

Published: Monday, April 7, 2014 10:29 p.m. CST • Updated: Thursday, April 10, 2014 8:24 a.m. CST

GENEVA – Three Geneva police officers were honored Monday at the City Council meeting for going above and beyond the call of duty, officials said.

The three, patrol officer Charles Parisi and sergeants Tim Baker and Dan Kott, received standing ovations as Chief Steve Mexin honored their “extraordinary service.”

Parisi, who has been on the force for nine years, was awarded a Lifesaving Medal for his use of an automated external defibrillator to save a resident’s life, Mexin said.

Parisi was assigned on patrol Feb. 27 and he was first on the scene of an ambulance call to a person who was unconscious, not breathing and without a pulse, Mexin said.

“He used the AED and administered ... CPR until paramedics arrived. When ambulance personnel arrived, the person had regained a pulse and began shallow breathing,” Mexin said.

Baker, a 30-year veteran of the department, received an Exceptional Duty Award for his decades of service with the Greater Fox Valley Chapter of Operation Snowball. Snowball is a community-based program that encourages youth not to use drugs, tobacco or alcohol.

Mexin noted that Baker has spent 20 years of his personal time participating, representing Geneva police at events to educate local youth on the dangers of substance abuse. 

“For all of the things he’s done and continues to do is consistent with, and complimentary to what he does as a law enforcement officer,” Mexin said. 

Kott, who has served 23 years on the force, received an Exceptional Duty Award for taking the lead in raising more than $100,000 over two decades for Illinois Special Olympics, supporting children and adults with intellectual disabilities.

“He has spearheaded many fundraisers, all on personal time, but representing the Geneva Police Department while doing so,” Mexin said. “His selfless leadership has reflected proudly on himself and the Geneva Police Department’s commitment to self-sacrifice and public service.”

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