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Cook County Board honors Arlington Heights emergency responders involved in hostage situation - Bugle Newspapers: Niles

Cook County Board honors Arlington Heights emergency responders involved in hostage situation

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Posted: Wednesday, July 23, 2014 1:46 pm | Updated: 2:56 pm, Wed Jul 23, 2014.

The Cook County Board honored the Arlington Heights police and fire personnel for bravery during last year's hostage situation on July 23.

The December standoff resulted in the gunman, Eric M. Anderson of Niles, being shot and killed, Arlington Heights police Officer Michael McEvoy being shot in the chin and the hostage unharmed.

McEvoy, a 20-year veteran of the department, recovered from his injuries and was given an Officer of the Year Award back in May.

As previously reported by The Bugle, McEvoy and three other officers went to the town home that December night and saw the woman that called had fled to a neighbor's house while Anderson was allegedly holding her daughter hostage.

After McEvoy was shot he was removed from the scene by the other officers and a protracted standoff began between Anderson and police.

Arlington Heights Deputy Fire Chief Ken Koeppen happened to be visiting in the 1900 block of Windham Court and rushed to the town home to help the wounded McEvoy.

"It was an act of God that [Koeppen] was visiting," said Whowell at the time, adding that he was "definitely an integral part" in saving McEvoy's life.

ahernandez@buglenewspapers.com

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