BY CALEB ALEXANDER
Congratulations to New Baden Police Patrol Officer Bruce Rapien who has been promoted to the rank of Sergeant, filling a vacancy left by the resignation of Jeff Mavrogeorge who has taken a position as business development manager for Accel Entertainment, a state-licensed terminal operator of video gaming and amusement devices which is based in Burr Ridge, Illinois.
Rapien, who is also a member of the New Baden Fire Department and represents District 5 on the Clinton County Board, has a long history of exemplary performance as a police officer including work with K-9 partners named Fedor and Kimbo.
In June of 2018, Kimbo from retired from police duty because of some health issues rendering him unable to perform his job. Kimbo’s ownership was transferred to Rapien after the two had developed a strong relationship and bond from working together for five years.
Kimbo was not Rapien’s first K-9 partner. During a competition held at Scott Air Force Base in May of 2014, Rapien and Fedor took first place honors in narcotics and second place in patrol performance.
Also in 2014, New Baden Mayor Christy Picard announced that Rapien had responded admirably to a situation involving an out-of-town individual who shared his very complimentary and appreciative response.
The Ohio man referred to by the mayor and who had also talked to Mike Riley, the chief of police at that time, was stranded because his vehicle had broken down and he could not get back to the motel where he was staying. He telephoned the New Baden Police non-emergency number and received such a high level of prompt, beneficial and responsive assistance from Rapien that he wanted to tell the mayor and chief how very happy he was as a result of it.