Pevely Police officers receive awards

Pevely Police Chief Alan Eickhoff distributed awards to officers for outstanding performances in the line of duty.

Pevely Police Chief Alan Eickhoff handed out awards to several officers during the city’s Sept. 23 Board of Aldermen meeting.

The awards went to Officer Walter Weaver, Cpl. Joey Whaley, Detective Cpl. Brian Benjamin, sergeants Ben Litterall and Gregory Long, and Cpl. Joe St. Clair.

■ Weaver, Whaley and Benjamin received Awards of Excellence for their response to a July 26 report about property damage and a possible burglary at an apartment on Pevely Square Drive. The victim told Weaver she could not use her key to open the door, and Weaver observed a window open and a man inside. Whaley and Benjamin arrived and the three officers entered the apartment and found the suspect “actively staging items of value to be removed from the apartment,” Miller said.

■ Litterall received the Award of Excellence for his response to a July 28 incident. While en route to the call about the attempted theft of a motor vehicle, Litterall spotted a vehicle with a passenger matching the description of the suspect in the incident and was able to stop the vehicle and make two arrests.

■ Long and St. Clair received the Chief’s Commendation awards for their response to an Aug. 3 incident at the Village Green Apartments where they found a man pointing a gun at his own head. While Long distracted the man, St. Clair saw him move his finger from the trigger and used a stun gun to subdue him. He was taken to medical treatment, and no one was harmed, Miller reported.