After only six months on the job, Illinois State Police (ISUPD) Officer Tyler Creamean is making a difference.

Nearing the end of his shift on June 15, Creamean heard Normal Police dispatched to a gunshot wound victim off-campus on College Park Drive. Noting that he was closer and already driving, Creamean was aware that his response time to the victim would be significantly shorter than that of Normal Police and paramedics, so he immediately set off. As the first emergency responder at the scene, Creamean slowed the bleeding while encouraging the victim to remain conscious and speaking. Once paramedics arrived and took over aid, Creamean continued to work, assisting Normal Police in securing the scene and evidence.

President Terri Goss Kinzy pins the Life Saving Medal on Officer Tyler Creamean.

Creamean was presented with the Life Saving Medal by President Terri Goss Kinzy, Vice President for Student Affairs Levester Johnson, Assistant Vice President for Student Affairs Adam Peck, and Chief of Police Aaron Woodruff.

Officer Jordan Kaase nominated Creamean for this award, saying, “Creamean’s distinguished service exemplified not just our department’s values and goals, but was an example of a great police officer for the entire community.”

Officer Tyler Creamean is sworn in as an ISUPD officer
Officer Tyler Creamean is sworn in January 7, 2021.

In addition to being the latest ISUPD officer awarded with this medal, Creamean is also one of the newest to wear the uniform. Creamean was sworn into the department on January 7, 2021, and showed immense promise right away during his field training, according to Lt. Jeff Klepec, who oversees the field training program. “We do have high expectations of our officers here at ISUPD, but the actions by Officer Creamean with this call for service were truly worthy of additional recognition and praise,” said Klepec. “After all, this occurred within a week of him being released to solo patrol. That in itself is amazing. We are very proud of Officer Creamean and we are so glad he is part of our ISUPD family.”

Congratulations to Officer Creamean!