Deputy Frank Pobjecky

(Winnebago County Sheriff's Office, Illinois)

On October 1, 2011, Deputy Frank Pobjecky was off-duty when four armed robbery suspects entered the business he was patronizing. As one of the suspects displayed a handgun and pointed it at the owner, a struggle began.

Deputy Pobjecky was not armed at the time, but during the struggle he gained control of a firearm that was in the possession of the business owner. In order to protect his life and the lives of others in the business at the time of the robbery, Deputy Pobjecky fired at and struck each of the suspects.

One suspect died at the scene and the other three wounded suspects were apprehended outside of the business by arriving Rockford police officers. Officer Pobjecky, who was initially unarmed, was able to successfully respond to a real-time, dynamic situation and acted in defense of his life and the lives of others.