Porter Police Lt.
John W. McMahon has been honored by Chesterton American Legion Post 170 as
Law Officer of the Year at the district level, the Porter Police Department
McMahon is being
recognized for his valor, selflessness, and professionalism while responding
to a report of a 14-year-old Illinois boy missing in the water at Indiana
Dunes State Park. The incident occurred on Saturday, Aug. 18, 2018, and was
the second of two drownings at Dunes State Park within the space of an hour.
what appeared to be a boy’s arm in the waves and immediately, “without
concern for his personal safety,” entered the water--accompanied by PPD
Officer Kevin Rospierski--swam to the boy, and then pulled him to shore,
where lifesaving efforts were made.
tragically, did not survive.
McMahon and guests
will be attending a ceremony in Indianapolis on Saturday, July 13, to
receive the district level award from the American Legion. A statewide Law
Officer of the Year will also be selected from among the district award
In May both McMahon
and Rospierski were awarded the Medal of Valor for their efforts on Aug. 18,
2018, by the Porter Police Commission.