Honored Police Officer Loves His Job
Zalusky, Steve, Daily Herald (Arlington Heights, IL)
Byline: Steve Zalusky Daily Herald Staff Writer
If Buffalo Grove Police Cpl. Michael Szos has one regret in his 14 years with the Buffalo Grove Police Department, it is probably that he didn't keep a journal.
Given Szos' record as one of the top DUI officers in the state, he would have enough material for a book.
Szos, an avid reader, has actually done some scribbling on the side, mainly in science fiction. But his work, which has included toiling on the tough midnight shift, has kept him too busy to concentrate fully on the pen.
Not that police work has been unrewarding. Far from it. At Monday's Buffalo Grove village board meeting, Szos was presented with a special commendation from Albert E. Emmerich Memorial AMVETS Post 255.
"It feels good to be honored by your peers," Szos said of the award, which is given by the post each year, based on input from police officials.
Szos' 101 arrests in 2001 were 22nd in the state.
"I know that arresting DUI drivers reduces accidents, reduces deaths. Obviously it saves lives. But I've also done other things," he said. For example, his work has involved everything from routine neighborhood checks to responding to domestic disputes.
For Szos, the department is family in more ways than one. His wife Dana, with whom he has a 4-year-old daughter, Sabrina, works in the records department. And his uncle, Edward Szos, also is a Buffalo Grove police officer.
Michael Szos, 32, started at the Buffalo Grove department in 1988 as a part-time desk officer. …