Palos Hills Officers Receive Medals of Valor for Kenneth Conley Arrest

The three officers responsible for apprehending Conley, who reportedly broke out of a Chicago high-rise prison in December, were honored Thursday night.

A credited with capturing a man who authorities say escaped from a Chicago high-rise prison were recognized for their efforts Thursday.

Lt. Warren Becker, Sgt. Robert Mankowske and Officer Kevin Price each received medals and plaques before a Palos Hill City Council meeting.

The three veteran officers were responsible for arresting Kenneth Conley on Jan. 4. Conley had been on the lam after he and Joseph “Jose” Banks had climbed out of a window of the Metropolitan Correctional Center in December using a rope made of bed sheets, according to authorities.

Conley has since pleaded not guilty to escaping from prison, Huffington Post reports.

"We all know what the service of the men and women of the Palos Hills Police Department do for our citizens," said Mayor Gerald Bennett during Thursday's ceremony.

Bennett praised for the officers for their quick response in stopping the fugitive and awarded them Medals of Valor for their efforts.

"He (Conley) may have escaped the MCC downtown ... but he didn't escape Palos Hills," Bennett said.

Officers had been called by maintenance workers at a Palos Hills apartment building to investigate a suspicious person. Becker was the first person to approach Conley, who had disguised himself as an elderly man when he was stopped on the street.

Becker was injured during a struggle with Conley. He remains off duty with a torn hamstring.

Conley, who was arrested carrying a BB gun, managed to get away from Becker and tried to break into a nearby residence, where other officers caught him.

Patch Stories About the Hunt for the Escaped Convicts:

  • FBI: Prison Escapee Caught in Chicago; Cellmate Still at Large
  • Fugitive Manhunt: FBI Posts $50K Reward for Info on Convicts
  • Landlord: Mother Turned Away Escaped Convict at Front Door
  • Scenes From a Manhunt (Photo Gallery)
  • Fugitive Search Disrupts Funeral at Nearby Church
  • Orland Park Police Investigating False Bank Robbery Report
Palos Watcher February 22, 2013 at 05:14 PM
Whachu be talking' bout? Hank is the most hardes working one on da cownsil. Don't down da man cuz he likes his viddles. How's duz you kno about tings. Gve dat man his do. If you so smart maybees you run aganst him. Keep up da good woik Hank.
Nick Swedberg February 22, 2013 at 06:10 PM
I don't see how any of this is relevant to the story or helpful for constructive dialogue. While I appreciate you using Patch to comment, you should not be using this to launch personal attacks. If this continues, I will remove the comments.
Gym shoe February 22, 2013 at 08:29 PM
Frankums don't s dos anytings fors anysbodys buts collectsum a paycheckum. Time to gets all new people in officeum. Outs with the olds in with the new .
Palos Palos February 22, 2013 at 09:39 PM
Nick, I agree it is not relevant to the story, but I did have to comment on the comment that was left under the story. As far as running against "Hank" you just never know. . . .I don't that I would have to run very far or fast to beat him.
silent sauce March 28, 2013 at 04:34 PM
ya thx to the tip they got from a resident try workin out u wont get hurt its from doing nothing but filling out dui paperwork and not catching real criminals thx again for doing your job


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