By Scott Bolthouse
Hub Editor In Chief
Officer Kenneth Hickman received the employee of the quarter award following his actions during a recent domestic violence incident.
According to Police Chief Everette Robbins, on Sept. 2, Hickman, along with Corporal Brian Kostielney, responded to a 911 call regarding a domestic violence in progress.
Kostielney said that during the incident, the suspect assaulted him while he was attempting to make an arrest.
The struggle between the officer and the suspect became more serious when the suspect pulled out a knife with the intent to use it.
Kostielney said that Hickman “did not hesitate to immediately come to his aid” and that Hickman was able to take quick control of the suspect and secure the knife.
“If it were not for Officer Hickman’s quick reaction and bravery, (Kostielney) could have sustained life threatening injuries or death and probably would have had to resort to using deadly force on the suspect,” said Kostielney.
Due to his quick response to the situation, Hickman was presented with the award on Oct. 1.
“I am very thankful of your efforts that night. I am also appreciative of the way you do your job on a daily basis,” said Robbins.
“Your work ethic and positive attitude are an example for us all. These attributes are a key reason that you were recently selected as a K9 handler within our department. I know you will do great things in that position.”
The employee of the quarter award recognizes Huron Township Police Department employees who provide outstanding service to the community, performed in a manner that is worthy of recognition.
It also recognizes good teamwork within the department.
Hickman will also be part of a newly added K9 unit within the department, which asked elementary school students this week to name the police dog who will join the force.
The winning class will receive a visit from Hickman and the new K9 in the coming weeks.