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McConnaughay spotlights everyday hero, John Kahl, Batavia Officer of the Year

This week, Senator McConnnaughay spotlights Officer John Kahl, who was recently honored with the Robert A. Popeck Police Officer of the Year for 2016. Kahl said he was surprised to receive this distinguished award.

“I was honored, I did not expect it,” said Kahl. “Especially this being my third year, I am honored this was bestowed upon me.”

Kahl has been with the Batavia Police department for three years. During his time on the force, Officer Kahl has led in the number of calls for service, misdemeanor arrests and case reports. In recognition of his exemplary service, he has also received commendations from the Alliance Against Intoxicated Motorists and from now retired police Chief Gary Schira.

“John again received numerous thank you letters from grateful citizens with whom he has interacted for both his professionalism and his polite demeanor,” Schira said.

Officer John Kahl was born and raised in Plano, Illinois. He later graduated from Northern Illinois University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science and International Relations. After completing a year of law school, Kahl received a call to work for the Batavia Police Department.

“I’ve always wanted to do something in service,” said Kahl. “Whether it was military or the police force, when the opportunity presented itself to serve my community I took it.”

“Officer John Kahl’s service to his community cannot be overstated. He has demonstrated a strong commitment to keeping the Batavia community safe, and for that we all thank him,” said Senator McConnaughay. “In such a short amount of time, he’s made a world of difference in the area and I join the community in recognizing his accomplishments over the past few years.”

McConnaughay is proud to recognize Officer John Kahl for his devotion to Batavia and thanks him for his years of service on the Batavia Police Department.

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