Aaron Allan: Southport police officer named 2015 Officer of the Year at Sept. 23 reception
It’s been a big year for Southport police officer, Aaron Allan. He started a new role as head of Southport’s training division in June, instructing for Southport’s Police Academy. He was promoted to Sergeant in August, and during Southport Police Department’s annual Recognitions and Swearing-In Dinner on Sept. 23, Sgt. Allen was named the 2015 Officer of the Year.
“I’m very surprised,” Allan said after the presentation. “I don’t like to be recognized for (my actions). It’s part of the job. I’m overwhelmed.”
Promotions recognized during the ceremony included Kyle Vaughn and David Hodge to lieutenant; Nathaneal Williams and Allen to sergeant; Jason Swanson to detective; and William Ballard, Aaron Holllenbaugh, William Tharpe and Casey Godby to corporal.
Southport Police Chief Thomas Vaughn announced Allan as the department’s first-ever Officer of the Year, pointing to Allen’s successful efforts at saving a man’s life while working part-time at the Indiana State Fairgrounds on Aug. 15. Allan was directing traffic near the parking lot when the call came out for the state police, but he said that he knew he could get to the scene faster due to his location. Allan performed CPR on the man for 10 minutes until backup arrived. Other officers brought an AED and together they continued the CPR. Medics arrived with Narcan, a medicine used to reverse the effects of opioids, usually in the case of an overdose. It was Allan’s third time to use CPR on a person.
Allan has served as a police officer since 2004. He lives on the Northwestside of Indianapolis with his wife, Stacy, son and step-son. He has worked with the Southport Police Department since 2011. He also works as a police officer for the Franklin Township Community School Corporation.
“When you’re in the schools, you’re dealing with kids and you have to talk to them differently,” Allan said. “You have to have one hat when you’re on the streets and one hat when you’re in the schools, but both jobs intertwine and help make my law enforcement career better.”
What was your inspiration to become a police officer?
My dad had a lot of friends in law enforcement. I always looked up to them and wanted to be a cop since I was 5 years old. As I got older, I grew the passion even more.
What has been one of your most gratifying moments on the job?
When I graduated Police Academy in 2011. I worked so long to get to that point. When I finally achieved the goal I had been searching for and wanting for so long, it was a big accomplishment for me.
What aspect of the job do you find most challenging?
Trying to get a happy medium between not only the citizens but the victims and suspects as well. Trying to figure out in a matter of minutes what is going on and get everyone to an agreement on what needs to happen.
What do you enjoy doing in your off-time?
Hunting, camping, fishing, playing with my kids or spending time with the family – my wife and kids.
What are your future goals, professionally or personally?
I’d like to keep going up the chain of command. I’d like to help bring new officers in, teaching them what I’ve learned in my years of law enforcement and ensure that they’re a better officer and can protect the citizens that they are going to serve.
What would you have done if you hadn’t of became a police officer/firefighter?
I started out going to be an accountant right out of high school. I figured out that I didn’t want a desk job. I’d probably have to do something outdoors, where the job is constantly changing.