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Quincy Exchange Club awards Law Enforcement, Citizen of the Year awards


The 2013 Quincy Exchange Club presented its awards for Law Enforcement Officer of the Year Award and Citizen of the Year.

This year's Law Enforcement Officer of the Year was given to Quincy Police Officer Darla Pullins. Pullins was recognized for her bravery in August 2012.

She risked her own safety by lying down on the Memorial Bridge and reaching over the side in an attempt to gain the trust of someone threatening to jump.

Pullins says while this award is special to her, she just wanted to be a comforting voice in a time of trouble.

"Especially law enforcement, I think, are people persons and we want to help people," Pullins said. "But to be recognized for it just makes you think, okay, they really do appreciate what we do."

This year, there were two winners for the Citizen of the Year; Lynn Niewohner and Todd Shackelford from the West Central Illinois Area Agency on Aging.

"Glad to highlight some of the programs that we have at the Senior Center. To help the seniors be safe and comfortable," Shackelford said.

"We have the privilege of working with a really great group of people," said Niewohner. "Seniors who like police, want to help them."

They were nominated for their personal commitment to serving their community, specifically for the senior population.

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