BELLEVILLE, IL (KPLR) - This week marks the 10-year anniversary of the shooting of former Belleville Police Sgt. Jon Brough. He volunteered to carry a shield and be the first one to enter a home where a suspected double murderer was believed to be hiding November 10th, 2006. Brough was shot when he and other officers attempted to enter that home. He was left permanently blind.
The Belleville Mayor and City Council honored Brough and his wife for their bravery. The couple has been married for nearly 37 years. Brough has endured dozens of surgeries. The couple accepted a plaque from Mayor Rick Eckert indicating November 10th, 2016 will be declared Jon Brough day in the city of Belleville.
Eckert praised Brough for being so active in the Belleville community. Brough is a regular volunteer for a number of agencies and hosts an annual blood drive.
Brough and his wife received a standing ovation from those attending Monday’s city council meeting. He thanked his family and friends for their support. He also hopes his injures help others understand the dangers first responders face.
“We are the ones who truly respond when anything bad happens,” said Brough. “Whenever anything tragic happens, we’re the ones running in when everyone else is running out.”