On May 17, 2018 at our annual awards ceremony, Telecommunicator Moeller, Officer Gee, Officer McNeil, Detective Keller, and Sergeant Derrick were awarded a Letter of Commendation:
On February 15th, 2018, officers were requested to assist the Town of Geneva Police Department with a fight at the Sugar Shack. During the altercation, one suspect fled the scene in a truck. The suspect was pursued through three separate jurisdictions outside of the City of Lake Geneva. Officers Gee and McNeil, Sergeant Derrick and Telecommunicator Moeller monitored radio traffic to set up strategic positions in the event the suspect entered the City. The suspect was eventually pursued into the City on South Lakeshore Drive south of South Street, where Officer McNeil successfully deployed stop sticks that disabled the vehicle. The suspect fled on foot from the disabled vehicle. At this time, officers learned the suspect may be in possession of a handgun. Sergeant Derrick took command of the incident, setting up a perimeter with officers from multiple jurisdictions, and Telecommunicator Moeller monitored all communications. Sergeant Derrick and Officer McNeil tracked the suspect’s footprints in the snow, while the perimeter was secured with assistance from Officer Gee. Sergeant Derrick requested Detective Keller to respond to the scene with the department’s unmanned aerial vehicle (drone) to assist in the search for the suspect with use of the drone’s forward looking infrared. Within minutes, Detective Keller was able to locate the suspect’s heat signature. Sergeant Derrick coordinated the arrest team, who approached the suspect. A law enforcement K-9 approached and bit the suspect, who did not respond. Officers approached the suspect, who was found unconscious, taken into custody without incident and immediately treated for signs of hypothermia. The coordinated effort of these department members ensured a quick recovery of the suspect, who was highly intoxicated and unable to care for himself. The actions displayed by Telecommunicator Moeller, Officer Gee, Officer McNeil, Detective Keller and Sergeant Derrick reflect the courage and professionalism expected from those serving the City of Lake Geneva.