On 07-10-14 at 930 AM in the Emma J. Harvat hall- City of Iowa City Civic Center, a ceremony was held whereupon Iowa City Police Department Police Chief Samuel Hargadine and University of Iowa Department of Public Safety Director Charles "Chuck" Green presented Iowa City Police Department Officer Kevin Bailey with commendations for actions taken by Officer Bailey on May 1st, 2014.
On May 1st, 2014 at approximately 1056 AM, Officer Kevin Bailey was off duty in his personal vehicle driving to a private appointment. Upon Officer Bailey arriving at the intersection of Highway 6 and Fairmeadows, he observed a University of Iowa Police Officer Matthew Jennings actively struggling with a resistive suspect along the roadside. Officer Bailey then quickly exited his personally owned vehicle and ran towards Officer Jennings to assist. After Officer Bailey's arrival, both Officers were able to take the suspect into custody. Once the suspect was in custody, Officer Bailey learned that prior to his arrival, the suspect was actively trying to remove Officer Jennings's firearm. Officer Bailey's action prevented potential serious injury to Officer Jennings, the suspect, and the public.
Iowa City Police Chief Hargadine presented Officer Bailey with a Special Commendation which is awarded "for an extraordinary act of service representing the department in which selfless conduct during a time of crisis or emergency is demonstrated". Officer Bailey was presented with a certificate and a "blue" award bar to be displayed on his uniform. University of Iowa Public Safety Director Green noted that Officer Bailey acted in a heroic manner and brought credit to not only himself but the Iowa City Police Department. Director Green presented Officer Bailey with a certificate and a plaque.
Officer Bailey was recommended for the commendation from the University of Iowa Department of Public Safety by UIPDS Captain Pete Roth. Lt. Mike Brotherton of the Iowa City Police Department presented the recommendation for the Iowa City Police Department.