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Sergeant Pat Clapper of BHC East Police Honored for Apprehending Pursuit Suspect

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Black Hawk College honored Sergeant Pat Clapper for helping apprehend a suspect who led local law enforcement on a two-county pursuit that ended at the Black Hawk College East Campus located south of Kewanee.

On November 9, 2022, Sergeant Clapper was monitoring police radio traffic concerning an ongoing pursuit by local law enforcement officers near the East Campus. The occupants were armed and had thrown drum magazines and a gun out of the vehicle during the pursuit.

As the pursuit began to head toward the East Campus, Sergeant Clapper took the college’s squad car and stationed himself at the college entrance. The vehicle pursuit ended at the intersection of Illinois 78 and Black Hawk Road. One of the occupants fled the car and a foot pursuit ensued on college property. Sergeant Clapper and a Kewanee officer gave chase and took the suspect into custody.

“Sgt. Clapper’s quick response stopped an intruder from accessing campus facilities and committing unimaginable acts,” Shawn Cisna, BHC police chief, wrote in Clapper’s letter of recommendation.

Officers found a bullet-proof vest, approximately 365.7 grams of suspected cannabis and $1,890 in cash inside the vehicle. A witness saw the passenger throwing items from the fleeing vehicle. A Henry County deputy located a high-capacity magazine drum containing 52 9 mm rounds, a semi-automatic 9 mm pistol, 32 loose 9 mm rounds and a broken extended 9 mm pistol magazine along the pursuit route.

For his actions, Sergeant Pat Clapper was presented with a Black Hawk College Coin of Excellence at the Dec. 15 BHC Board of Trustees meeting. “Saying thank you is such an important part of the fabric of a positive, progressive work culture,” said Fritz Larsen, BHC board chair. “Our program was created to recognize individuals who have demonstrated a superior level of excellence in service, dedication, achievement, performance and/or accomplishment for or on behalf of Black Hawk College,” Larsen said.

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