Officer Mat Rol Vel Rul of the Villa Park Police Department has been named the 2019 Elmhurst Hospital Law Enforcement Officer of the Year. Officer Rol Vel Rul was honored in a ceremony at Elmhurst Hospital on Nov. 19.
Rol Vel Rul joined the Villa Park Police Department as a part-time officer in 2010. He was sworn in as a full-time officer in 2013. He has earned multiple accolades and awards for actions he has taken to protect the public, arrest offenders and assist citizens. He also serves as a volunteer with the Villa Park Police Explorers.
Rol Vel Rul was recognized for his actions on Oct. 2. While at Elmhurst Hospital for the treatment of a patient in an unrelated incident, Rol Vel Rul heard a call of "shots fired" in the hospital parking lot. Rol Vel Rul showed no hesitation in responding to the situation and then worked with the Elmhurst Police Department to secure the scene.
The Officer of the Year Award is part of Edward-Elmhurst Health’s Law Enforcement Recognition Program, which is an initiative to show support for the system’s partners in law enforcement throughout the region. The award is open to police departments in Elmhurst Hospital’s service area, including Addison, Bensenville, Elmhurst, Hinsdale, Lombard and Oak Park.