Lt. Andy Eagan of the Hazelwood Police Department (HPD) has been named as the 2014 Irish Police Officer of the Year by the Ancient Order of Hibernians (AOH), and will be one of seven distinguished St. Louisans honored at a special reception and award ceremony held on March 13 at the Electricians’ Hall in South St. Louis.
The Hibernian celebration is dedicated to honoring law enforcement officers, firefighters, public safety personnel and union members who have sacrificed their lives while on duty since September 11, 2001. The benefit is being held in conjunction with this year’s 2014 AOH St. Patrick’s Day Parade on Monday, March 17, in Dogtown.
In addition to Lt. Eagan, special honors will be given to the following firefighters and law enforcement officers from St. Louis City and St. Louis County: ret. St. Louis City Police Officer Earl Bush; St. Louis City Firefighter C.J. Gore; and ret. St. Louis County Firefighter John Corbett.
Awards will also be presented to other outstanding St. Louisans. One of them is the Grand Marshal of the 31st Annual AOH St. Patrick’s Day Parade, cartoonist Mike Peters, who grow up in the Dogtown area and created the long-running comic strip Mother Goose and Grimm which appears daily in the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. Rick Riesenbech of Anheuser-Busch/InBev was named the 2014 AOA Civic Leader and Dan O’Donnell (Roofers) was chosen as the 2014 AOH Labor Leader.
St. Louis will be given one more opportunity to honor these seven award recipients during the 31st Annual AOH St. Patrick’s Day Parade. They will be leading the parade which begins at Tamm and Oakland and ends at Tamm and Manchester. Starting time is 2:30 p.m.
In April 2013, at the Opening Ceremonies of the St. Louis Metro Spring Games for Special Olympics Missouri (SOMO), Lt. Eagan was presented with the “2012 Outstanding Law Enforcement Officer of the Year” award. In addition to being actively involved in the annual Law Enforcement Torch Run for SOMO. he serves as a member of the Maryland Heights Polar Plunge Committee which is another fund-rasier for SOMO. Despite the frigid temperatures, 721 people participated in this year’s Maryland Heights Polar Plunge at Creve Coeur Lake on February 22 and raised $126,500. The Hazelwood Police Department earned the title of top law enforcement team by collecting $8,926 in donations.
Lt. Eagan was appointed to the Hazelwood Police Department in September 1991 as a police officer. Prior to joining the department, he worked for the Village of Bel-Ridge in the same capacity. For the first couple of years, he was a patrol officer and was transferred to the Detective Bureau Narcotics Division. In 2005, Eagan was promoted to Sergeant and assigned to the North County Municipal Enforcement Unit. In January 2012, he was reassigned to the Neighborhood Action Team where he supervised officers at the St. Louis Outlet Mall, the Police Explorers, the Volunteers in Police Services (VIPS) unit, and the Neighborhood Watch Commission. In August 2013, Eagan was promoted to Lieutenant where he now serves as the Watch Commander for the midnight shift.
His other impressive credentials include serving on the Board of the Hazelwood Police Department Benevolent Association as Treasurer and later President. He was also appointed to the Major Case Squad as an Investigator. In addition, Lt. Eagan has served as a Field Training Officer and has been an Assistant Advisor with Police Explorers Post #9217 since its inception.