Illinois Deputy Sheriff Who Displayed Extraordinary Courage
Under Fire Becomes AMW All-Star Finalist
March 3, 2009 A Madison County, Illinois Sheriff's Deputy who displayed extraordinary courage under fire, pursuing a group of armed suspects despite being wounded, has been chosen as the second weekly finalist in the 2009 America's Most Wanted All-Star Contest, sponsored by Sprint.
On July 7, 2008, Deputy Kyle Doolen found himself in the middle of a high-speed pursuit, chasing a stolen Camaro at speeds nearing 110 mph. According to police, the suspects in the chase were in the middle of a violent crime spree. Earlier that evening, the suspects two teenage boys and a 13-year-old girl had stolen the vehicle in Ohio and committed a burglary in which several guns were stolen. Then, police say they attempted to rob a convenience store in Indiana. After that robbery attempt failed, the suspects headed toward Illinois, where police say they swerved to hit a patrol officer on the side of the road. When they were pulled over, cops say they tried to shoot the officer, but the gun misfired. The suspects then sped back onto the highway.
Deputy Doolen received the call and went after the vehicle. During the highway chase, police say the suspects in the Camaro lowered its convertible top, and one of them began firing at the Deputy, hitting his car five times. Despite having shrapnel embedded in his arm, Deputy Doolen continued his pursuit. Eventually, the Camaro crashed and the suspects escaped on foot. Within a few hours all three were captured.
His brave actions won Deputy Kyle Doolen the thanks of his community, and the votes from the public to become the second of eight weekly finalists in the AMW All-Star Contest, which recognizes outstanding achievements by first responders. Any first responder, such as police, firefighter or EMT, is eligible for the contest, and any member of the public can nominate and vote for their favorite first responder online at AMW.com.
Each weekly finalist will be profiled on America's Most Wanted (Saturdays, 9:00-10:00
PM ET/PT on FOX). Through their online votes, the public will choose the grand-prize winner. In May, AMW Host John Walsh will present the 2009 AMW All-Star winner with a check for $10,000 at the NASCAR SPRINT Cup Series All-Star Challenge at Lowe's Motor Speedway in Charlotte, North Carolina.
Nominations are open at AMW.com until April 4, 2009. Members of the public may vote for their favorite first responder once a day, every day. Finalist voting runs through April 12, and the grand-prize winner voting will run April 16-May 5.