An Arlington Heights police officer, shot in the face while responding to a domestic situation late last year, is honored Thursday as Officer of the Year.
Police Officer Michael McEvoy, a 24-year department veteran, made his first appearance at the Arlington Heights police department since the shooting incident three months ago.
The three officers who pulled him to safety that December night were also honored: patrol officers Kevin Sullivan, Michael Turano, and Douglas Glanz.
Arlington Heights Police Chief Gerald Mourning presided over the ceremony.
Nominations for the Officer of the Year award are made by fellow officers and then voted on by supervisors.
On Dec. 12, 2013 McEvoy responded to a call of a man with a gun. He was the first to enter the home in the 1900 block of Windham Court and the incident ended after a hostage situation.
The suspect, Eric Anderson, threatened more violence as he barricaded himself inside the house. Officers fatally shot Anderson.
McEvoy was hospitalized in the surgical intensive care unit, underwent multiple surgeries and is expected to fully recover.