Madison County Sheriff John D. Lakin (left) and Coroner Steve Nonn.
FAIRVIEW HEIGHTS — Madison County Coroner Steve Nonn received the George A. Lanxon Award for Recognition of Exemplary Public Service during the 24th annual Southern Illinois Law Enforcement Commission & Southern Illinois Police Chiefs Association Awards Banquet Wednesday night at the Four Points Sheraton.
The awards program provides recognition to the men and women of law enforcement who have made a significant contribution toward enhancing their profession. Individual citizens are also recognized who have displayed acts of good citizenship by assisting law enforcement agencies in Bond, Clinton, Madison, Monroe, Randolph, St. Clair and Washington counties. Numerous awards were given throughout the evening to representatives of police agencies in the seven-county area.
Nonn, a 42-year veteran of public safety service with 26 years with the Madison County Sheriff’s Department and16 years as Madison County coroner, was also a 20-year member of the St. Louis Major Case Squad, last serving as deputy commander for the elite investigative unit.
“Humbled and grateful” were the words Nonn used to sum up the recognition given by those with whom he has served over the years.
“I want to especially thank Madison County Sheriff John D. Lakin for placing my name in nomination as well as the awards committee, made up of local police chiefs, sheriffs and private citizens, for believing that I was worthy of receiving the award,” Nonn said. “I chose a career in law enforcement because I wanted to help people and after 42 years I think I have accomplished most of my goals, but there are still a few I would like to attain. Being recognized by one’s peer group is something extra special and will be a memory I will forever cherish.”
The award was created to recognize an elected public official who had made outstanding contributions to law enforcement and public safety in Southwestern Illinois. The award is named after George A. Lanxon, the second mayor of Fairview Heights after its incorporation and the first elected official to receive the award.
George A. Lanxon Award for Recognition of Exemplary Public Service
This award was created to recognize an elected public official who has made outstanding contributions to law enforcement and public safety in Southwestern Illinois. Only one person can be selected for this award annually.
This year’s award is being presented to:
Coroner Stephen Nonn
Nominated by: Sheriff John Lakin
Madison County Sheriff’s Office
Coroner Nonn has partnered himself with much of the law enforcement community (federal, state, and local) to combat drug use within Madison County. He is extremely active in Project Drug Smart, which targets getting prevention programs into local middle schools and high schools. It is estimated that as part of this initiative he has spoken to well over 10,000 students in the Metro East. Proud to be at the forefront of Project Drug Smart, Steve Nonn has been an aggressive proponent of holding drug dealers, as well as any medical professionals that may supply drug addicts, accountable. Stephen P. Nonn has, without a doubt, been a major contributor to bringing drug abuse into the public eye and has used his position as coroner to highlight the number of deaths within Madison County due to this epidemic. As a long-standing member of the law enforcement community he is well aware that our best defense is education and he has certainly gone above and beyond to educate our young citizens.