CP Sgt. to retire, moves on to E911
By Kitty Conley firstname.lastname@example.org February 4, 2014 1:02PM
Updated: February 4, 2014 1:03PM
CROWN POINT — Police Sgt. Jack Allendorf officially requested his retirement at the Jan. 29 Board of Public Works and Safety meeting.
Allendorf will become deputy director of the Lake County 911 service, which is consolidating into a single department. Allendorf’s appointment became effective Monday.
Before voting for the motion to accept the retirement, board member Mike Conquest said, “If I could keep him here I’d vote no. But I can’t.”
Mayor Dave Uran said, “In his 30 years of experience he has served as an asset to this community, both in the Fire Department and the Police Department. As the chief said we are losing an experienced officer but are gaining his being on 911.”
The board also granted the transference of ownership of Allendorf’s duty weapon upon his retirement, for the purchase price of $1, a practice followed by many police departments.
In his letter of resignation Allendorf wrote to Chief Pete Land: “I would like to thank you and your administration for the many opportunities that I have been afforded since your appointment as the chief of police. I very strongly feel that you have recognized my knowledge and strengths, and placed me in a position within this Police Department which gave the greatest benefit to the department as well as myself.”
Allendorf also wrote that this love for his fellow officers is what has fueled him to become involved in the E911 consolidation so that “I can help to insure that the level of service and safety will not be degraded upon the loss of our Dispatch Center ... Rest assured that I will do all that is within my power to provide the best possible level of service to our employees and citizens of Crown Point as well as all of Lake County.
Allendorf told of the support he had received following “my motor vehicle crash a few years back.” It was a traumatic and painful experience that was made more bearable by the help and support he was given by his “second family” in Crown Pont.
The 2008 crash was caused intentionally by a man trying to commit suicide. It took more than a year for Allendorf to be able to get back on his feet.
In early December of 2008, Allendorf was working when a man from Schererville was chased at a high rate of speed into the city of Crown Point. Allendorf pulled his marked squad car with lights flashing across 93rd Avenue, leaving enough room for the truck to pass but to have to slow down. The man did not. In fact he aimed his truck right at Allendorf’s car.
The man hit Allendorf’s police car at the driver’s door at more than 68 miles per hour. The crash was severe enough to force the police car over the curb, pinning Allendorf inside the car and severely injuring him.
After two surgeries and physical therapy, Allendorf returned to duty in January 2010.