CHAMPAIGN COUNTY, Ill. (WCIA) — The winner of this year’s Dave Benton Crime Fighter of the Year Award is Tony Comtois.
He works full-time with C-U at Home where he taps into his own life history to help the homeless, law enforcement and to make the community safer. The Nominating Committee was impressed with Tony’s battle to overcome drug and alcohol problems and his own homelessness.
He began turning his life around as a resident of the Times Shelter, in Champaign, in 2006. He then went on to work at the Detox Center and the Salvation Army and currently, with C-U at Home.
He can relate to the issues facing the homeless and uses that knowledge in an ongoing effort to make a difference in the lives of the homeless and in the community.
Tony Comtois was nominated by former Urbana Police Chief Pat Connolly on behalf of all Champaign County law enforcement agencies.
Connolly said, “Tony epitomizes the concept of this award by improving the long-term interaction between the police and the homeless community.”
His nomination highlights Tony’s importance to the local law enforcement community and how he helps officers deal with a growing problem that police are not trained to deal with effectively.
The winner of the Second Annual Crime Stoppers/Busey-Mills Community Foundation Criminal Justice Scholarship is Danielle Boulos, of Unity High School, in Tolono. She said the scholarship would give her a greater chance of going to the University of Maryland for its top-rated criminology program.
The underlining purpose of this scholarship program is to promote criminal justice as a career and to financially assist a graduating senior in his or her pursuit of an education in the field of criminal justice.