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American Legion honors Elgin officer, firefighter.

Byline: Elena Ferrarin

Elgin firefighter Brian Domaracki and police officer Kevin Snow were recognized for their outstanding work in an annual ceremony held by American Legion Post 57.

A standing-room-only crowd of about 200 people attended the Tuesday evening "Firefighter and Police Officer of the Year" ceremony, which honors those who display high levels of personal and professional achievement, Post Adjutant Roy Parker said.

"We respect the fact that the firemen and the police officers are there to protect the community, so we do that (the ceremony) as ... a 'thank you,'" Parker said. "Sometimes it's a thankless job. Sometimes people are down on the police officers and firemen, and you want to give them an 'attaboy.'"

Domaracki, a 15-year veteran of the Elgin Fire Department, has done a lot of behind-the-scenes technology work that has increased efficiency and operations. "The fire service continues to make technological advancements and Brian is prepared to implement the changes," the release said. Domaracki also revamped the curriculum of the Fire Explorer program, which now provides realistic, hands-on training and has doubled in size.

Fire Chief Dave Schmidt and Police Chief Ana Lalley praised both men in a joint news release.

Snow, a 17-year veteran of the Elgin Police Department, has served in the crime-free housing unit since 2008, where he is the senior patrolman. "His dedication to addressing and resolving problems in some of Elgin's most diverse neighborhoods has led him to be a key bridge-builder with our landlords, community stakeholders, and officers," the release said. Snow also has worked to build his knowledge of new investigative tools and methods and is a key founding member of the department's drone team.

Schmidt and Lalley also thanked the American Legion for its efforts in honoring first responders.

"The recipients of these awards truly represent the best of the Elgin police and fire departments," Schmidt said.

"Both of these individuals demonstrate a high commitment to the Elgin community and are deserving of being recognized with these awards," Lalley said.

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Publication:Daily Herald (Arlington Heights, IL)
Date:May 2, 2019
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