Two Rockford Park District Team Members Awarded Medal of Valor

Tuesday's Rockford Park District Board of Commissioners meeting started out with a chance to recognize two Rockford Park District team members for their courageous and quick actions.

On Sunday, May 14, 2017, Reggie Wainwright, Rockford Park District Maintenance Specialist, and Cole Runkel, Rockford Park District Hockey Coordinator/ Coach, were at Riverview Ice House, 324 N. Madison Street, Rockford, when Reggie noticed two girls walking along the edge of the Rock River. Reggie and Cole started to head outside to inform the girls about the dangers of being that close to a fast-moving river, but by the time they arrived, the two girls had fallen into the water. Reggie was able to retrieve the girls while Cole held onto Reggie and helped lift everyone out of the Rock River to a safe place.

“Rockford Park District team members are trained to handle a variety of situations, and have many emergency response plans in place. These two individuals went above and beyond taking quick action to save lives,” said Rockford Park District Operations Director Laurie Anderson.

Rockford Park District Board of Commissioners recognized the successful lifesaving efforts provided by Reggie and Cole by awarding them the platinum Medal of Valor. The Platinum Medal of Valor is awarded to individuals who go above and beyond the call of duty by displaying an extraordinary act of heroism when putting their life at risk to save the life of another person. Their heroism demonstrates high-stake risk, compassion, selflessness, courage, judgment, and bravery during an emergency.

June 14, 2017


For the Rockford Park District to be the best urban park and recreation system in North America, as measured by national standards and the citizens we serve.


To 'help people enjoy life' by providing a quality park and recreation system.

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