Benton Police Lt. awarded for heroism

BENTON - Lt. Mike Treasitti of the Benton Police Department was recently awarded the prestigious Livio A. Beccaccio award from the FBI National Academy Associates.

The Livio A. Beccaccio award is a living memorial presented to only one FBI National Academy graduate a year nationwide. It's presented to a member who has demonstrated exemplary character through an act of heroism, outstanding community service, innovation in law enforcement, or leadership reflective of that by which FBI Special Agent Livio A. Beccaccio lived.

Livio A. Beccaccio served as Chief of the National Academy Unit at the FBI Academy from 1987 to 1994. Prior to that, he was the Chief of the Physical Training Unit at Quantico and had multiple assignments since joining the FBI in 1968. He died September 17, 1997 in a helicopter crash which took the lives of 12 members of the international peace mission in Bosnia and Herzegovina.

Lt. Treasitti was nominated for the award and selected from a nationwide pool of nominees. He was selected due to an act of heroism involving an in the line of duty shooting that occurred on Interstate 30 in 2013 while trying to apprehend a fleeing felony suspect.