Officers Kevin Berry (second from left) and Charles Reed (second from right) were recognized for their heroics in February 2020 by Police Chief Michael Kuruvilla (front row, center) and Brookfield Elks members (from left) Rob Rolewicz, Exalted Ruler Tony Zeman, Mark Roegner and Frank Clarke. | Bob Uphues/Editor

At the Dec. 13, 2021 meeting of the Brookfield Village Board, representatives from the Brookfield Elks Lodge 1510 presented Officer Kevin Berry and Officer Charles Reed as their Police Officers of the Year. 

Both officers were chosen, according to Police Chief Michael Kuruvilla “because of their heroic actions in saving an unconscious man’s life.”

In February 2020, Berry and Reed responded to the scene where a vehicle had crashed into a house. The vehicle caught fire and the two officers pulled the unresponsive, still seat-belted driver from the wreckage.

“We are grateful to these officers for their ability to recognize the importance of the life-saving measures but also that of evidence preservation and enforcement action,” Kuruvilla said at the meeting. “They not only saved this man’s life but were able to maintain the safety of the greater community.”

Although the incident took place in 2020, the Brookfield Elks honored the officers in 2021 since the COVID-19 pandemic prevented them doing so in 2020.