The community recently honored Merrillville’s firefighter and officer of the year.
Jason Coin was named Merrillville’s firefighter of the year. Officer Jesus Solis Jr. was selected as the town’s police officer of the year.
“Jason and Jesus are among our first responders who run toward danger and not away from it,” said Rick Bella, town council president, in a press release. “We can’t thank them enough for their bravery and commitment to keeping Merrillville safe.”
Coin and Solis received their awards at the Crossroads Regional Chamber of Commerce gala Nov. 18.
Coin has been with the Merrillville Fire Department for 20 years. He started his career as a volunteer firefighter.
“Along this journey, he has not only fought countless fires but also contributed significantly as a leader in training new firefighters,” said Shawn Pettit, town councilman. “His mentorship and guidance have helped shape the next generation of heroes.”
In addition to the typical responsibilities of a firefighter, Coin plays a role with information technology within the fire department.
Coin is the department’s technological backbone. He solves problems and answers questions whether he’s on duty or at home.
Solis has served with the Merrillville Police Department for six years. He is described as a dedicated team player with a strong sense of duty.
Pettit described him as “not your typical law enforcement professional.”
Solis has been recognized throughout his career for his heroic actions.
“Officer Solis has displayed an uncanny talent for catching those who seek to evade the law,” Pettit said. “He possesses a gift for thinking outside the box, and he is never predictable in his approach. This unique trait among law enforcement officers fuels his extraordinary success.”
The Crossroads Chamber serves to support and connect NWI’s business community. The annual gala honors individuals making a difference in the community.
Caption: (From left) Crossroads Regional Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Deann Patena, Merrillville Firefighter Jason Coin and Town Councilman Shawn Pettit pose for photo during the Crossroads Regional Chamber of Commerce gala Nov. 18.