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East Peoria Police officer honored for bravery

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EAST PEORIA (WEEK) - East Peoria city leaders are honoring a police officer for bravery and for his surprisingly quick recovery from a stabbing in early February.

A proclamation was awarded to Officer Jeffery Bieber at Tuesday night's city council meeting.

On February 2, East Peoria Police responded to a domestic violence call when 19-year old Joshua Crites fled the scene.

About 1 a.m., the officer confronted Crites in a CVS parking lot. Authorities said Crites stabbed Bieber multiple times, and Bieber fatally shot Crites in self-defense.

In the proclamation, Mayor John Kahl said Bieber stopped the suspect and the "accompanying threat of death to himself and potentially others."

"Officer Bieber exercised sound judgment while taking decisive and immediate actions," the proclamation said.

It went on to say that "Officer Bieber demonstrated great resolve during a difficult and on-going recovery process."

Bieber returned to duty on Tuesday, city officials said, far surpassing expectations of many medical people who were treating him.

Bieber has received other honors including the Law Enforcement Purple Heart and a Silver Star for Bravery from the American Police Hall of Fame.

He also received the Henry P. Kountz Award for Valor, which is the East Peoria Police Department's highest honor.

Howard Packowitz

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