Nov. 18, 2010
The annual award recognizes Cook County Sheriff's police officers who go above and beyond their usual job requirements.
"It's good to be recognized when you're working hard because sometimes in this job you don't get a lot of pats on the back," said Tuley, who has been with the East Hazel Crest PD for almost five years and a Teamster for more than two years. "Still, you have to keep working hard no matter what."
During the ceremony, the sheriff's police also honored the families of four Chicago police officers who were killed during the past year: Sgt. Alan Haymaker and officers Thomas Wortham, Thor Soderberg and Michael Bailey.
"You're happy, glad and thankful that you're able to do your job and be rewarded for it, but it also brings you down to earth when you see there are guys who didn't quite make it, whose families have to pick up their awards," said Tuley, a Calumet City native who now lives in Cedar Lake, Ind.
Local 700 leaders extended their congratulations to Tuley.
"We are proud that police officers like Michael Tuley call Teamsters Local 700 their home," said William P. Logan, Local 700 Assistant Trustee. "He is an example of how to do things the right way, of how to approach a job with passion, ambition and integrity."
Tuley, 27, said he didn't know he had even been nominated for the award until he received a letter from the sheriff's office notifying him of the ceremony. East Hazel Crest Police Chief Raymond Robertson nominated Tuley for the award, citing Tuley's exemplary work as the department's investigator and on the South Suburban Major Crimes Task Force.
"Officer Tuley is often in the police department on his scheduled days off, following up on cases that he doesn't want to leave sit until his next scheduled shift," Robertson said. "… He is always willing to take the extra steps necessary to make the best case possible for prosecution and to assist the victim any way he can."
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