It is with great pleasure that I announce that Detective Eric Johnson has been selected as the Quincy Police Department’s Employee of the Month for July 2012. Detective Johnson joined the Quincy Police Department on September 28, 1987. He successfully completed Basic Police Training at the Illinois State Police Academy in Springfield, IL. Detective Johnson is a Field Training Officer, a Crisis Intervention Team Officer, and a member of the ILEAS Region 6 Mobile Field Force Team. As well as being a Patrol Officer, he served the department as the Quincy Housing Authority Liaison Officer, and he is currently a Detective-Criminal Specialist. Detective Johnson was nominated for this award due to his life saving efforts on the afternoon of June 14, 2012. At that time he was in the 1300 block of North 11th Street conducting a neighborhood canvass when he noticed smoke in the area. Detective Johnson investigated and discovered the rear of 1312 N. 11th fully involved in flames. He ran into the front door of the house and made contact with a 12-year-old boy. Detective Johnson informed the boy the house was on fire and inquired if anyone else was inside. The boy told Detective Johnson that his mother was in the shower located towards the rear of the residence. Detective Johnson yelled and alerted the mother who was totally unaware of the fire burning so close to her location. She was able to grab some clothing and Detective Johnson then escorted the mother, her son, and the family dog to a safe location. Absent Detective Johnson’s quick actions, this incident could have ended in tragedy. Please join me in congratulating Detective Johnson for being selected as the Quincy Police Department’s July 2012 Employee of the Month.
Robert A. Copley, Chief of Police