An Iowa City Police Department detective was recognized Thursday for his efforts to assist a University of Iowa Department of Public Safety officer.
According to the police department, on the morning of May 1, Kevin Bailey — the department’s juvenile detective — was off duty and en route to a personal appointment when he saw a uniformed UI officer struggling with a suspect along side the road at the intersection of Highway 6 and Fairmeadows Drive in Iowa City.
Police said Bailey got out of his vehicle and ran to assist the UI officer. Together, the officers were able to take the suspect into custody. Afterward, police said Bailey learned the suspect had been trying to remove to UI officer’s firearm.
In recognition of his actions, Iowa City Police Chief Sam Hargadine presented Bailey with a Special Commendation which recognizes “an extraordinary act of service representing the department in which selfless conduct during a time of crisis or emergency is demonstrated,” according to the police department. UI public safety director Chuck Green noted during an award ceremony that Bailey acted in a “heroic manner” and presented him with a certificate and plaque, according to the police department.
Bailey was nominated by UI public safety Capt. Pete Roth.
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