Aurora officer nominated for ‘Heroes’ award
By Matt Hanley email@example.com October 10, 2011 10:40AM
donnell collins/staff photographer. APD officer Liz Robinson.
Updated: November 16, 2011 11:11AM
AURORA — There are only a few days left to put the official hero label on a veteran Aurora police officer.
Liz Robinson-Chan is one of three finalists for the “Our Towns, Our Heroes” contest run by General Motors that recognizes firefighters, paramedics and police officers for exceptional service. She was nominated by fellow officer Nydia Ramirez for her dedication on and off the job.
“(Robinson-Chan) is an Aurora police officer who truly cares about everyone she meets,” Ramirez wrote. “She will literally take whatever she has and give it away to a person who is in need. She is dedicated to helping others, and if she doesn’t have it she will purchase and donate brand new items even to people she knows absolutely nothing about. As a co-worker, she is always available and at hand to help with any given task at any time, even during her time off.”
Robinson-Chan is one of three finalists for this week’s contest, competing against a Naperville paramedic and a North Riverside firefighter. To vote for Robinson-Chan, go to: www.drivingthemidwest.com/otohfirstresponders. As of Monday morning, she was trailing in the voting. The winner will be announced Friday.
The winner, and the person who nominated him or her, will receive a one-week loan of a new General Motors car and a full tank of gas.
Robinson-Chan and her family moved to Chicago from Florida when she was 14. She became an all-state track-and-field high school athlete, then went on to be an All-American at North Central College in Naperville. She originally wanted to be a social worker, but joined the Aurora Police Department in 1993 and loved it ever since.
“There’s nothing in the world I’d rather be doing,” she told The Beacon-News in 2005.
That year, she won two gold medals and set a record in powerlifting at the World Police and Fire Games in Quebec, Canada. A few months later, after a year of persistent headaches and nausea, Robinson underwent major brain surgery to remove a macro tumor. She returned to the force less than a year after the surgery.