CHICAGO, IL – Illinois State Police Trooper Nicholas Farnesi was presented with a Valor Award by the 100 Club of Chicago at an awards banquet on November 9th. Trooper Farnesi joined the Illinois State Police in 2006 and is assigned to District Chicago.
Trooper Farnesi was recognized at the annual awards banquet, at the Holiday Inn Mart Plaza in Chicago, for capturing one of three armed offenders who burglarized a gun shop in Tinley Park earlier this year.
On February 16, 2011, at approximately 1:04 a.m., three armed offenders led police on a chase in a stolen vehicle along Interstate 80 (I-80). Trooper Farnesi observed one of the offenders running up the embankment on I-80, after abandoning the stolen vehicle. Farnesi pursued one of the armed subjects on foot, across all lanes of I-80, into a wooded area just south of the interstate. Trooper Farnesi later cornered the subject along the tree line, took a defensive position, and held the offender at gunpoint until back-up arrived. Three semi-automatic handguns were recovered from the offender after he was taken into custody.
“Every second counts during an encounter with an armed subject, and officers have to fall back on their solid police instincts, training and experience to make the right call,” said Illinois State Police Director Hiram Grau. “This is just one example of the brave actions taken by the men and women of the Illinois State Police on a daily basis, and demonstrates their commitment to keeping our communities and roads safe,” he added.
Trooper Farnesi was also recognized by the ISP for his continuous response to all situations regardless of the degree of danger involved. His actions routinely display his dedication and commitment to enforcing the laws of the State of Illinois.
"Trooper Farnesi responded to a highly dangerous situation involving several armed subjects, and we are proud of the swift action he took while maintaining his officer safety," said Illinois State Police Region Commander Terry Lemming.
"Incidents like this can put an officers training and experience to the ultimate test, but Trooper Farnesi is to be commended for his calm demeanor. His actions helped take three violent felons off the streets, secure a stolen vehicle, and recover 25 stolen firearms," Lemming added.
The Valor Award was established by the 100 Club in 1980, and is presented annually to those who by their actions performed above and beyond the call of duty, in the highest tradition of their respective department. The 100 Club of Chicago is a non-profit 501(c)3 charitable organization which was founded in the State of Illinois in 1966.
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