The Burbank Police Department would like to congratulate Detective Jon Malacina for being the recipient of the 2017 Lions Club Police Officer of the Year! We would also like to congratulate Firefighter / Paramedic Brad Zurek for being the recipient of the 2017 Lion's Club Fireman of the Year! Both of these men take pride in the community they serve. They both have shown that their hard work and dedication affect the citizens of Burbank positively. Both men have gone well above their respective calls for duty as the following shows: 2017 began as a busy period for area law enforcement. Detective Malacina; who is assigned to the South Suburban Major Crime Task Force (otherwise known as a homicide task force), was “called out” to his second activation in the first week of 2017. This activation was a result of a homicide investigation at the Walgreens located at 87th and Kedzie in Evergreen Park on January 5th. Through this investigation, Jon and several other members of the Task Force learned of an offender traveling north by train on the Metra line. These investigators were able to get the train to stop in Deerfield, Illinois. As Jon and several other investigators began to board the train, gunshots rang out. The offender began firing upon Jon and his fellow investigators. Despite being fired upon, Jon realized there were civilians on the train and showed great restraint in not returning fire and placing the lives of those citizens in further harm. The offender subsequently succumbed to a self-inflicted gunshot wound. No investigators or civilians were physically harmed in this incident. While this above incident would ordinarily be reason enough to be recognized, Jon did not stop there. On the evening of February 7th, the 7-Eleven located at 87th and Central Avenue was prey to a Robbery by three masked offenders claiming to have guns. The vehicle used in this incident was also reported as stolen. Based on his investigative skills, Detective Malacina was able to positively identify 2 of these subjects (who were juveniles). These juveniles were arrested and charged with Aggravated Robbery and Criminal Trespass to Vehicle. This incident lead to another major investigation Detective Malacina was already working on. This was a multi-jurisdictional auto-theft ring. These investigations lead to the arrest of several individuals by the Burbank, Bridgeview and the Chicago Police Departments. In all, Detective Malacina was able to clear 22 stolen motor vehicle cases from Burbank dating back to late 2016. Several of these cases were connected to incidents in Bridgeview and Chicago (including the vehicle used at the 7-Eleven Robbery). As if he needed more work to do, Jon assisted the Department’s K9 officer in a narcotics investigation which led to a search warrant being executed on the 7700 block of New England. As a result of this investigation, over 900 grams of cannabis was recovered from the residence in addition to 10 grams of cocaine. It should be noted; most of the cannabis was in the form of “Rice Krispy Marshmallow” treats that was making its way to community kids and teenagers. A 28 year old Burbank resident was charged accordingly. After the inked dried on all of the previously discussed incidents, Jon then assisted a patrol officer with a subject who was arrested for weapons and narcotics possession. Jon had knowledge this individual was a Burglar and based on this knowledge was able to clear 5 Burglary to Motor Vehicle incidents by obtaining a verbal confession from the offender. It should be noted; the offender was arrested wearing the same clothing and backpack he had on from a burglary he committed days earlier. Video surveillance footage obtained from this incident lead to this discovery and confirmed him to be the offender. Firefighter Zurek is one of two mechanics on the Fire Department that keeps the fleet of apparatus running and rescue equipment ready to respond to emergencies. His work saves the tax payers of Burbank tens of thousands of dollars every year. Last month, The Burbank Fire Department was called to the scene of an 88 year old resident who was choking. Upon arrival, Firefighter Zurek found the patient unresponsive and not breathing. He assessed the patient and found that there was food stuck in the patient's throat. Firefighter / Paramedic Zurek was able to act quickly, and skillfully removed the food obstructing the patient's airway. The patient was transported to the hospital for further treatment. Within a few days, the patient made a full recovery. FF/PM Zurek no doubt saved this person's life by his quick actions. Congratulations to both of these fine men! Both men are hereby commended for JOBS WELL DONE!!!