Illinois XX Award Presentation
International Board of Governors
Distinguished Service Award

December 12, 2006

Illinois XX Award Presentation
President Larry Pincsak (left) presents V.P. Dick Anderson (right)
the International Board of Governors Distinguished Service Award

Dick Anderson, Retired NRC Investigator and member of Illinois XX was on vacation with his wife out west in Sturgis for Bike Week, and the surrounding areas. On Sunday, August 7th, they were staying in Cheyenne, Wyoming. Dick went to the local convenience store at about 6:30 AM to get his wife a coffee. Upon entering the store, he greeted the female clerk with his usual pleasant and hearty good morning. The clerk gave Dick a blank stare, and from around the corner came a gun wielding youth aiming his weapon at Dick's face, commanding him to get down on the ground. Dick and the clerk obeyed the gunman's commands, but when the gunman ordered the clerk and Dick to get up, and move to a back room in the store and lay flat on their faces, Dick feared the worst.

Dick made his move when the gunman pointed his weapon at Dick within his reach. During the struggle for the weapon (a short barreled semi-automatic), it discharged, causing Dick to loose his little finger on his left hand. Because Dick had a firm grip on the weapons slide, only one round was able to be fired, which also caused the weapon to jam. After the struggle the gunman fled the area.

Within a matter of a few days, the gunman and other partners in crime were arrested. Due to Dick's quick thinking and response to the threat, he and the clerk are still alive and with us today.

Below is an article from the Wyoming Tribune-Eagle.

3 arrested for armed robberies
Teenagers considered suspects in two local incidents
By Michelle Dynes
Published in the Wyoming Tribune-Eagle

CHEYENNE - Three young men were arrested Tuesday for a pair of recent convenience store robberies in Cheyenne. The first armed robbery occurred Sunday at the Diamond Shamrock station at 3354 E. Lincolnway. Another armed robbery occurred Tuesday at the Loaf 'N Jug at 820 Randall Ave.

Members of the Cheyenne Police Department arrested an unidentified 17-year-old and 19-year-old Melvin Jefferson in connection with the robberies. Both are believed to be from Aurora, Colo. Another 17-year-old male was arrested for his assistance with the Loaf 'N Jug robbery, according to a news release.

Police responded at 4:25 a.m. Tuesday to the armed robbery on Randall Avenue.

The initial investigation revealed that two black males, approximately 5 feet, 9 inches tall with medium build, entered the store wearing stocking caps, bandanas over their faces and large shirts, according to a news release issued early Tuesday.

The suspects displayed a handgun to the clerk, police said. While the robbery was in progress, a customer from outside called 911.

The robbery resembled the one that happened Sunday.

In that incident, a suspect entered the Diamond Shamrock station at about 6:30 a.m. and showed a handgun. During the robbery, a customer walked into the store, and a struggle ensued. A shot was fired, and the suspect fled with an undisclosed amount of money.

The unidentified injured person was taken to United Medical Center-West with a gunshot wound that was not life-threatening. The clerk was not injured.

Using surveillance videos from Sunday's robbery, detectives of the Cheyenne Police Department identified the type and make of the weapon, according to the release. In conjunction with agents from the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, the detectives tracked down the businesses that sell Hi-Point semi-automatic pistols.

Using the leads they developed, including witness statements, the officers contacted the young man who bought the pistols used in the robberies and found suspects matching the robbers' descriptions, the release prepared by Capt. Jeff Schulz said.

No one from the police department who was involved in the investigation was available for comment Tuesday.