Two KPD officers lauded for going 'above and beyond'

Matthew Lane • May 22, 2016 at 12:00 PM

KINGSPORT — The Board of Mayor and Aldermen last week recognized two patrol officers with the Kingsport Police Department for what they did during calls in October and January, with Chief David Quillin describing their actions as “truly going above and beyond.”

During its regular meeting on Tuesday, the BMA recognized Officer Mike Campbell and Officer Robert Mills, commending both men for their actions in the line of duty.

Campbell, who previously worked for the Mount Carmel Police Department, responded to a call of a stranded motor home on Interstate 81 in October of last year. On that day, a New York resident and his 83-year-old mother were traveling to California for the winter, when the engine of the motor home died.

While vehicles and tractor-trailers were passing by the stranded vehicle, the man called 911 and Campbell was dispatched to provide assistance. According to information from the KPD, the man later sent a note to Quillin sharing his experience with Campbell and complimenting the officer for his courtesy and professionalism.

“(Campbell) should be commended for how he dealt with the situation. He helped my crippled mother, who was very scared, talked to my insurance company to dispatch a tow truck and took us to a motel where we stayed for four days until the motor home was repaired,” the letter stated. “(Campbell) also gave me his personal contact information in case we needed further assistance. If the rest of your police force is anything like Officer Campbell, you should be proud!”

Mills, sworn in at the KPD in 2007, was dispatched to the Americourt Hotel on American Way in January of this year to check on the general welfare of an elderly man living in one of the rooms.

The man had called the Kingsport Senior Center saying he had nothing to eat.

According to information from the KPD, Mills spoke to the man and learned that in addition to being hungry, the man had several health ailments which prevented him from leaving the hotel room to get food.

Mills took it upon himself to go to a nearby grocery store and purchase the man some food.

Following last week’s meeting, Quillin said the last thing on the minds of Campbell and Mills was being recognized by the BMA.

“They’re just like all of the other men and women who work at KPD. They do a great job each and every day,” Quillin said. “These kinds of things happen not only through our city, but police officers across the nation do these types of things each and every day. Some get noticed; most don’t.

“But I’m certainly appreciative of the opportunity ... to recognize these two individuals for truly going above and beyond.”

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