Madison County Coroner Steve Nonn has been recognized for his service to Madison County, having recently received the George A. Lanxon Award for Recognition of Exemplary Public Service. The award was presented at the recent Southern Illinois Law Enforcement Commission & Southern Illinois Police Chiefs Association Awards Banquet.
The award was created to recognize an elected public official who had made outstanding contributions to law enforcement and public safety on Southwestern Illinois. Nonn tells The Big Z he was nominated by Madison County Sheriff John Lakin for his work combating the heroin epidemic.
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Nonn says he was "humbled and grateful" at receiving the recognition. Members of the law-enforcement community from around the region received awards last week. Among them was Alton Police Lt. Scott Golike, who was presented the Certificate of Merit for his work in solving three armed robberies allegedly committed by the same man. From the Madison County Sheriff's Department, Telecommunication officer Terrence Charleston received the Telecommunicator's Award, Deputy Sheriff Timothy Lawrence received the Life Saving Award, and Detectives Lt. David Vucich and Sgt. Brian Koberna recieved the Medal of Valor Award, which is the organization's highest award. They received their award as a result of assisting the Edwardsville Police Department with service of search warrant on a child pornography case. During a struggle with the allegedly armed suspect, one of the officers received a non-life-threatening injury as law enforcement was able to gain control of the suspect and the handgun.