East Peoria Police Detective Chad LaCost on Friday received the Illinois Law Enforcement Medal of Honor for exhibiting bravery when he ended a five-hour police standoff last May with an armed Creve Coeur man.

“It’s a great honor,” LaCost, 37, said after the awards ceremony in the Executive Mansion in Springfield. “You don’t expect to get rewards for your job and so forth, but it’s still a very nice accolade.”

According to testimony at Pitzer’s inquest, he had told police he couldn’t kill himself and that he would make them do it. His death was ruled a suicide.

At Friday’s ceremony, Illinois State Police Director Larry Trent praised LaCost and the other medal recipients for being heroes – “ordinary people who do extraordinary things.”

LaCost said he doesn’t see himself as a hero.

“I can honestly say I am very proud to be a member of the team I’m on,” he said of the response team, which is based at the Peoria County Sheriff’s Department. “And if any other one of the team members had been in my position, I’m confident they would have acted the same as I did and had a positive outcome for the team and community.”

Audience members who watched LaCost pick up his medal included his parents, Dennis and Kathy LaCost of East Peoria, and East Peoria Police Chief Ed Papis.

“He deserves it,” said Dennis LaCost.