ROCKTON — Applause radiated through Rockton Village Hall on Tuesday as two police officers were honored for saving a man's life last month.
Sgt. Russell Schaefer and Officer Ryan Jordan were dispatched to Woodlands Park after receiving word of a suicidal subject on July 18.
Upon arrival a man was seen sitting on top of some playground equipment with a T-shirt tied around his neck. The man jumped off the equipment after seeing the officers.
"You ran to the subject and working as a team, Officer Jordan lifted the man up and Sgt. Schaefer cut the shirt from his neck, letting him down to the ground and saving his life," said Rockton Chief of Police Stephen Dickson.
Officer Jordan was in attendance to receive a certificate and life saving ribbon from Chief Dickson. Sgt. Schaefer was out of town and unable to attend the ceremony.
"I got to speak with the guy who tried to hang himself a couple of days after he was released from the hospital and he said his life was changed and he got the help he needed," Jordan said. "I really couldn't have helped him without Schaefer, but thank you, everyone."
In other business, Rockton trustees received good news from Geo-Think representative Thomas Mangan regarding soil near a cluster of Quonset Huts in the village.
The buildings were used for manufacturing in the 1950s-60s in what is now the Chemtool TIF district. The village had testing conducted on the soil to find out what contaminants, if any, were present at the site.
"On the property we did soil and groundwater testing and the good news is that we didn't find any volatile organic chemicals in the groundwater," Mangan said. "We did find one trace of chromium on a well that was put in years ago."
A small area was cleaned up at the site following the test results and soil remediation was conducted. Further testing proved favorable.
"Now we're preparing a remedial action completely report and should have it submitted later this month for review in Springfield," Mangan said.
Village President Dale Adams said the soil testing was necessary because officials hope the Quonset Huts will eventually be removed and something else more suitable to today’s needs will occupy the land.