"Our goal is to find a peaceful resolution," Toledo Police Sgt. Dan Quigley said in speaking of his role as the only certified hostage negotiator in law enforcement in Tama County.
That training recently showed its importance.
Quigley was cited for his actions in successfully defusing a situation in Garwin which occurred on the evening of June 1 during a ceremony at the July 14 Toledo City Council meeting.
Toledo Police Chief Bob Kendall (left) offers praise just before presenting a meritorious service award to Police Sgt. Dan Quigley at the July 14 city council meeting. Quigley was recognized for his response at a recent incident at Garwin.
A person had climbed atop the grain elevator in Garwin and was feared to be suicidal.
Quigley responded to the scene along with other emergency personnel. Quigley climbed a Toledo Fire Department aerial ladder to reach the victim at the top of the bin and successfully convinced the person to come down.
Quigley told city council members he credited the assistance of Garwin and Toledo Fire and EMS as well as the Tama County Sheriff's Office for their assistance and roles they played in the incident. He said deputies Joe Quandt, Casey Schmidt and Luke Dvorak, Sheriff Dennis Kucera, Toledo Fire Captain Greg Johnson and Assistant Fire Chief Kendall Jordan all provided valuable assistance.
He has been a Toledo officer for a little over two years. Previously he was a member of the Meskwaki Nation Tribal Police Department. He also serves as a reserve Tama County deputy sheriff and as a part-time officer in State Center.
He began hostage negotiator training as a member of the Meskwaki force during 2011. That was through the Midwest Drug Training Center in classes taught by Crisis Systems Management.
Since then he has undergone more training and updates to maintain certification.
In addition to a focus on barricaded hostage situations, the training also covers barricaded suicidal negotiations as well, Quigley said.