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Freeport Police Officers Recognized for Life Saving Efforts

Pictured L to R: Freeport Police Officer Upmann, Sheriff’s Deputy McClain, Officer Rosenstein, and Freeport Police Chief Matt Summers


During the November 21st City Council Meeting, Freeport Police Chief Matt Summers recognized two Freeport Police officers and a Stephenson County Sheriff’s Deputy for their life saving efforts earlier this month.

On November 1, 2022, Freeport Police Officer Rosenstein, Officer Upmann, and Stephenson County Sheriff’s Deputy McClain responded to the East Stephenson Street bridge in reference to a suicidal subject attempting to jump into the Pecatonica River. Through exemplary situational awareness, Officer Upmann engaged the subject with empathetic conversation to distract him, while Officer Rosenstein and Deputy McClain positioned themselves to prevent the subject from jumping. Officer Rosenstein, Deputy McClain, and Officer Upmann then pulled the subject back from the railing of the bridge and were able to restrain him without the subject sustaining any injuries to himself. Freeport Fire paramedics transferred the subject to the FHN Emergency Department.

After presenting the Life Saving awards, Freeport Police Chief Matt Summers remarked, “I want to say how proud I am of our officers that were able to be there for this individual and I think we all should be.”

“The citizens of Freeport and Stephenson County are fortunate to have such dedicated law enforcement officers who risk their lives to save others,” added Stephenson County Sheriff David Snyders. “They report for duty daily to protect the citizens they serve.”

The mission of the Freeport Police Department is to provide and maintain a safe living and working environment for the citizens of Freeport.


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