ALTON - The Alton Police Department's information technology officer
is the recipient of the FBI and U.S. Attorney's joint Superior
Service award for his part in cracking a nationwide child molestation
U.S. Attorney A. Courtney Cox, Southern District, presented the award
to Pfc. Mike Bazzell on Thursday at an awards ceremony in Fairview
Heights. The authorities say the awards recognize the "extraordinary
accomplishments of the best in federal law enforcement."
As a result of Bazzell's efforts as lead investigator - in
cooperation with other law enforcement agencies and numerous FBI
divisions - three people are serving life sentences in federal
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