October 2016 e-edition

Thomas H. Heyne, a Homewood police officer, began and ended his 24-year career on the same day, Dec. 14.

  Thomas H. Heyne, right, 
  accompanied by his wife, 
  Mary, is honored Tuesday,
  Dec. 13, for 24 years service
  to Homewood.
(Photos by 
  Quincy Crump/H-F Chronicle)

At the Dec. 13 board of trustees meeting, Homewood village officials honored Heyne for the dedicated service with the police department that began in 1992, when he took his oath of office, and Wednesday, his retirement date.

The village board passed a resolution recognizing Heyne for his outstanding, dedicated service on the police department and wishing him the best in retirement.

Police Chief Bill Alcott called Heyne out of the crowd to the front of the meeting room and proceeded to read portions of the resolution highlighting Heyne’s years of service.  

“Thomas Heyne is respected and held in high esteem by his friends, professional peers and members of the community for representing the Village of Homewood and conducting himself with the utmost concern for fairness, service and professionalism,” Alcott said.

In the course of his career Heyne received numerous letters of appreciation and commendations from the Homewood Police Department, private citizens, local businesses and other police agencies, he said.

In 2004 Heyne received the department’s Life Saving Award after performing the Heimlich maneuver on a student who began choking during a DARE session at Millennium School.

Heyne had several specialized duties on the department, Alcott said. He was a crime prevention officer, DARE officer, field training officer and accident investigator.

“He has also been a member of the Suburban Major Accident Reconstruction Team, a multi-jurisdictional accident investigation team which responds to accidents throughout the South Suburbs,” Alcott said.

Heyne is a graduate of Northern Illinois University, where he received a Bachelor of Science degree in economics in 1990.

Following the presentation, Heyne received a standing ovation from Mayor Richard Hofeld, the board of trustees, staff members and the many friends and family members gathered in Homewood’s board room.

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