GURNEE, IL - July 16, 2009 - Two Village of Gurnee employees – Battalion Fire Chief Barry Henby and Police Officer Michael Young – have been awarded the prestigious Illinois American Legion 2009 Department Award for work in each of their respective areas. The awards recognize well-rounded officers that frequently go above and beyond the call duty for their communities.
Battalion Chief Henby began serving with the Gurnee Fire Department in 1979 and was appointed to the Chief Officer position by Mayor Kovarik in 2006. He holds numerous certifications in fire safety and instruction and also serves as an Emergency Medical Technician Paramedic. His contributions to the Village community include providing leadership to department personnel in public education and training and serving on the E911 Telephone System Board. After hearing of the announcement, Fire Chief Fred Friedl stated, “Battalion Chief Henby’s level of enthusiasm, courtesy, self-sacrifice, and integrity exemplify what it means to be Firefighter of the Year. He is a self starter and motivator that serves as an example for his peers to follow.”
Officer Young has been with the Gurnee Police Department since 1995. In 2003, he expressed a desire to improve the evidence technician (ET) program at the Gurnee Police Department after first being assigned to the Lake County Major Crime Task Force as an ET. That desire has created what has been recognized as Lake County’s strongest ET program. Officer Young has been the lead evidence technician for the Lake County Major Crime Task Force since 2008. He is also a dedicated ET trainer at the Citizen Police Academy and assists external agencies with requests for help or training. Gurnee Police Chief Robert Jones said, “Officer Young’s dedication and expertise in forensics and crime scene processing has made him an invaluable asset to our department and to the entire Lake County Law Enforcement Community. We are very proud that he has been selected for this award.”
Both Henby and Young are now in consideration for the National American Legion Awards.