Legion Post Names Honored Firefighter and Officer of the Year

Oct. 22 – CLINTON – The Clinton American Legion June VanMeter Post 190 honored Clinton Fire Department Engineer Seth Haan with the Legion’s Firefighter of the Year award and County Sheriff’s Office Sgt. Clinton. Steve Cundiff with the Law Enforcement Officer of the Year award.

The announcement was made Wednesday at the Clinton Masonic Center.

“When Sheriff (Bill) Greenwalt told me about this award,” Cundiff said, “I walked past this plaque and saw the names of Jessup Schrader and Scott Reyhons… May my name be on this plaque with their names is an honor.”

Cundiff was appointed by Greenwalt for 32 years Cundiff dedicated to law enforcement. He began his career in 1990 as an undercover officer for the Illinois State Police’s Blackhawk Region Task Force. He would then play a vital role in countless local, state and federal criminal drug investigations. He consistently conducted a five-year investigation into a homicide that resulted in the victim’s family being closed and the accused being sentenced to prison.

Additionally, Cundiff has worked to seize and remove over 100 firearms from community streets, among its many other accomplishments.

Haan was named by Clinton Fire Chief Joel Atkinson after the day in December last year when Haan was vacationing with his family at the Best Western Hotel and Convention Center in Dubuque. Haan noticed a child face down in the pool. Haan pulled the child out of the pool and immediately began resuscitation efforts until the child started breathing again and Dubuque Fire Department paramedics arrived.

The purpose of the American Legion Firefighter of the Year and Law Enforcement Officer of the Year awards is to honor a well-rounded individual who has exceeded the expected service requirements of the position.

The names of Haan and Cundiff will now be subject to possible state recognition.

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