Injured police officer greeted at home
By Judy Pochel For The Beacon-News October 1, 2012 4:36PM
Gianni Rabiola, 4, shows the get well card friends and relatives created for Montgomery police Sgt. Adam Kuncl, who was injured when hit by a car driven by a teenager early Saturday morning. Kuncl, who suffered a skull fracture and other injuries, is back at home after being treated at an area hospital. | Submitted Photo
Updated: October 2, 2012 10:23AM
MONTGOMERY — Police Sgt. Adam Kuncl said he is glad to be back home and is thankful to his neighbors and friends for their support.
The veteran officer was injured early Saturday morning when he was hit by a car that was fleeing from a party where shots had been fired.
Kuncl was released from the hospital Sunday, to be greeted by a dozen neighbors and friends when he arrived home.
“He said he was glad to be home. He is pretty banged up but said it felt great to be standing in front of his home,” said neighbor John Rabiola.
The Kane County state’s attorney’s office said 18-year-old Kendall J. Collier of the 100 block of Linden Drive, Oswego, is being held on $250,000 bail on charges of aggravated DUI and criminal damage to property. Police said Collier tried to kick out the back window of a Montgomery police squad car after he was taken into custody. He is scheduled to appear before Judge Marmarie Kostelny on Oct. 10.
Kuncl was responding to a call of shots fired in the 700 block of Oakton Avenue early Saturday morning. He was out of his car when he was hit by Collier’s vehicle. Collier is not charged with being involved in the shooting.
Police said Kuncl suffered a skull fracture, broken scapula, compressed discs in his back and multiple lacerations and bruises to his head, face and body.
Neighbors of the injured officer have been creating get-well cards for Kuncl and have organized a group of volunteers to provide meals for the family for the next several weeks.
Vivian Rabiola said more than 20 families have signed up to deliver meals to the Kuncls, as have police officers from Montgomery, Geneva, Wheaton and West Chicago.
“Everyone has bonded together since this happened,” she said.
John Rabiola said he was driving home late Friday when he noticed a large group of teens at a home in the vicinity of the shooting. He said he thought at the time that the number of youths gathered seemed to be large, but didn’t think anything of it until the next morning.
Aurora police stopped a 2004 black Dodge Dakota shortly before 2 a.m. Saturday. Police spokesman Dan Ferrelli said the vehicle matched the description of one of the vehicles said to be involved in the shooting. The driver and passenger were detained and the vehicle was later turned over to Montgomery police, but the occupants of the vehicle were not charged.