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Sgt. Paul Hornung and Sgt. Richard Wiginton of the Creve Coeur Police Department received the John J. McAtee Award from the Mental Health America of Eastern Missouri. The award is given annually to police officers who demonstrate compassion, patience and understanding when dealing with persons in psychiatric crisis.
In November of 2016, Hornung and Wiginton responded to a call regarding a suicidal man waving a rifle near the area of Ladue Road and 1-270. They established a perimeter to protect the safety of those nearby and convinced the man to surrender without incident. The man was then transported to a nearby hospital where he was admitted for treatment for a mental health issue.
“Sgts. Hornung and Wiginton showed extreme composure and bravery in a life-threatening circumstance,” said Captain Tim Koncki. “Because of their tactical proficiency, professionalism and patience in responding to an armed man in a mental crisis, this incident ended in the best possible conclusion for all involved.”
Hornung has been a member of the Creve Coeur Police Department since 1995, and Wiginton has been with the department since 2005. The awards were presented at the 31st Annual Police Recognition Luncheon on Wednesday, June 7 at the Missouri Athletic Club.