While working his route as a delivery truck driver one cold January day. Zachary Broderick notice men carrying filled pillow cases, running from a Willow Springs home. Knowing that something didn’t seem right, he quickly parked and used his cell phone to call the Willow Springs Police to report an apparent home burglary.
With information dispatched across the police radio band, three suspects were apprehended in nearby Justice and all the stolen property was recovered intact.
“Without the help of Mr. Broderick, it is quite possible the offenders would have gotten away and the proceeds never recovered,” said Chief Richard Kearney while presenting the “Good Citizen” award with Mayor Alan Nowaczyk to Zachary Broderick at the March 13 Village Board meeting.
About a month prior, Broderick had helped Police investigating the circumstances of a reported theft of mail order packages delivered to Willow Springs addresses. At the time, Police asked that he report anything suspicious he encountered on his route. When he saw the two men running, the police number was only a quick dial from his cell phone.
In presenting the award to Broderick, Chief Kearney noted that he had done exactly what police had asked if he ran into such a situation: he did not physically confront the suspects and quickly called police to provide a description.