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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Western District of Missouri

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Friday, August 14, 2015

Springfield Police Officer Honored for Law Enforcement, Volunteer Work

Enoch B. Morelock Award

Kevin HolleKANSAS CITY, Mo. – Tammy Dickinson, United States Attorney for the Western District of Missouri, announced today that Officer Kevin Holle of the Springfield, Mo., Police Department has received the 2015 Enoch B. Morelock Award.

 

The Enoch B. Morelock Award is an annual recognition of outstanding moral character, service to law enforcement and service to the community. Holle was honored on Thursday, Aug. 13, 2015, during the 13th Annual LECC Training Seminar in Springfield. The prestigious law enforcement award, presented annually by the U.S. Attorney’s Office Law Enforcement Coordinating Committee, is named in honor of Sullivan County Sheriff Enoch B. Morelock, who was the first recorded line of duty death in the Western District of Missouri on Dec. 19, 1847.

 

Today’s police officer must be able to do more than write tickets or answer calls. Being a police officer requires being involved in your community. That is what Holle exhibits on a daily basis. He is a well-respected member of the department and the community.

 

Holle has been with the Springfield Police Department for 20 years after coming from a smaller, rural department. He was  named “Instructor of the Year” for Career Colleges and Schools for his excellent instruction and time spent with his students in and out of the classroom.

 

Holle served more than 20 years in the U.S. Army and the National Guard. He earned a bronze star, the combat infantry badge, two meritorious service medals and an Army commendation medal. Holle regularly gives of his free time by serving as a youth sponsor for seventh and eighth grade youth at his church. He recently returned from a trip to Haiti, where he delivered old uniforms from his agency to assist police and security officers who might not otherwise have uniforms.  He also delivered other items to children in need, and assisted contractors in building homes and other buildings in the villages.

 

Enoch B. Morelock Award

 

Sullivan County Sheriff Enoch B. Morelock was the first recorded line of duty death in the Western District of Missouri on Dec. 19, 1847, in Sullivan County. Sheriff Morelock was shot and killed during a court‑ordered sale of the accused=s property. The accused killer, Patrick McIntry, was charged with 1st Degree Murder but was later acquitted. Within a year Mr. McIntry was found shot to death on the banks of a local river.

 

The annual Enoch B. Morelock Award recognizes individuals with outstanding moral

character, service to law enforcement and to the community outside of law enforcement. Recipients may include officers from local police departments, sheriffs= offices, state agencies, or federal agencies as well as investigators from prosecutors= offices.

Updated August 14, 2015