City of Loveland Officer Kyle Bibelhausen and K9 Mack will be honored at the Clermont County Law Enforcement Appreciation Banquet Aug. 26 at the Oasis Conference Center.
The pair will be presented with the Merit/Bravery Award to recognize their work tracking a violent suspect in an incident that occurred July 14, 2020.
In the incident, Bibelhausen and K9 Mack were in pursuit of a suspect, William Rains. Rains exited his vehicle, a foot chase ensued, and K9 Mack ran to apprehend him. Upon seeing Mack, Rains surrendered.
“Equal to the challenge, Officer Bibelhausen called K9 Mack off when Rains surrendered,” explained Chief Sean Rahe of the Loveland Police Department (LPD).
But before Rains could be apprehended, he jumped back into his vehicle and fled again. This led to a larger search effort through surrounding townships. Officers from the City of Loveland, Miami Township, the Clermont County Sheriff’s Office, City of Mason K9 Team, City of Montgomery K9 Team, Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office, and Hamilton Township tracked Rains for three hours, alternating dogs due to the heat and adjusting the search perimeters. Rains was arrested in Miami Riverview Park on Branch Hill Loveland Road.
“Officer Bibelhausen and K9 Mack exhibited excellent tenacity and calm,” said Rahe. “They showed the high standards of professionalism and restraint the Loveland Police Department and Loveland community expect and deserve.”
For more than 30 years, the Clermont Chamber of Commerce Foundation has partnered with law enforcement agencies to present the Clermont County Law Enforcement Appreciation Banquet to show thanks for good acts performed by police and citizens. The annual event has raised funds for the law enforcement scholarship at the University of Cincinnati Clermont College.
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