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Harvard Police Officer Named 'Officer of the Year'

Officer Dean Burton, from the Harvard Police Department, was named Officer of the Year on Saturday by the McHenry County Chief of Police Association.

McHenry County Chief's of Police 2013 Officer of the Year, Dean Burton, from Harvard PD, and Mary Frake, president of the association.
McHenry County Chief's of Police 2013 Officer of the Year, Dean Burton, from Harvard PD, and Mary Frake, president of the association.
A Harvard police officer was named Officer of the Year after he administered CPR on a unresponsive man who was not breathing. 

Officer Dean Burton was selected from a distinguished group of 10 area police officers as the McHenry County Chiefs of Police Association's "2013 Officer of the Year," according to a news release. 


The Chiefs of Police Association honored the 10 nominees at its holiday reception held on Jan. 11. 

Burton received the award for his actions in saving the life of a young man whom he found unresponsive and not breathing. Burton initiated CPR and the man's pulse returned, the news release stated. 

Burton was credited by medical staff for saving the young man’s life.

The 2013 nominees were:

  • Officer Mark Zahara of Algonquin Police Department
  • Detective Paul Krystal of Algonquin Police Department
  • Detective Tim Wilkin of Algonquin Police Department
  • Officer Dean Burton of Harvard Police Department
  • Officer Christina Busby of Lake in the Hills Police Department
  • Officer Randy Story of Lake in the Hills Police Department
  • Deputy Michael Flannery of McHenry County Sheriff’s Office
  • Detective Michelle Asplund of McHenry County Sheriff’s Office
  • Detective Chris Jones of McHenry County Sheriff’s Office
  • Detective Robby Branum of Woodstock Police Department

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