It is with great pleasure that I announce that Officer Darla Pullins has been selected as Employee of the Month for the month of September 2012.
Officer Pullins joined the Quincy Police Department on September 15, 1997 and successfully completed Basic Police Training at the Police Training Institute, University of Illinois, in Champaign, IL. She has a Bachelor’s Degree from Western Illinois University and works as a patrol officer on the evening shift. She has been Employee of the Month on four other occasions and was Employee of the Year in 2004.
On August 10, 2012 at 2218 hours, numerous police officers were dispatched to the Memorial Bridge to a report that a man was seen climbing over the north railing of the bridge. Officers responded and found a subject on a lower bridge support girder directly above the main channel of the Mississippi River. During the incident, Officer Pullins took the initiative and risked her own safety by lying down on the roadway and extending her head and arms over the side of the bridge in an attempt to gain the subject’s confidence & trust. On several occasions, she convinced the subject to sit back down after he attempted to stand up on the girder he was on. For a brief moment, the subject was suspended over the river solely by a 20 foot K9 lead that Officer Pullins was able to help convince him to put on. Officer Pullins’ experience, quick thinking, and excellent communication skills were instrumental in bringing this life threatening incident to a successful resolution.
Please join me in congratulating Officer Pullins for being selected as the Quincy Police Department’s Employee of the Month.
Robert A. Copley, Chief of Police