Wednesday, February 4, 1998
A determined, caring officer
Conway has won praise, respect

BY JULIE IRWIN
The Cincinnati Enquirer

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Kathleen S. Conway
Shot four times as she sat in her police cruiser, Officer Kathleen ''Katie'' Conway screamed hysterically for help. But moments later, she was calm and deliberate, helping her rescuers.

Gunman's sister called police earlier that day
Click here for the story, including streaming RealAudio of Rozena Williams calling police to warn them about her brother, hours before he shot Officer Conway.
It was that second voice that friends and former teachers recognized as they digested news of her shooting Tuesday. Officer Conway was recovering at University Hospital from at least four gunshot wounds to her hips, abdomen and upper legs.

Students at McNicholas High School, where Officer Conway graduated in 1992, said a prayer for her Tuesday. While a student at the Mount Washington high school, Officer Conway was active in Students Against Drunk Driving, Eco Club, homecoming, graduation and prom committees.

As a senior, she won the Joe Cittadino Memorial Award, given to a student who always shows care and concern for others and treats all people as equals.

''It's a real special award, (given to) a really good kid,'' said Eileen Cash, who taught Officer Conway algebra. She and other staff members remember her as a slight, soft-spoken girl, a conscientious student and the only girl in a family of four children. Her father, Thomas, was on McNicholas' school board and also did fund raising at Thomas More College, where Officer Conway graduated in 1996.

''She was determined to understand things,'' said Gwyn Bush, who taught Officer Conway anatomy and physiology. ''If she didn't understand something, she was determined to get it.''

If she failed to express an interest in law enforcement during high school, the interest had obviously developed by college. Her bachelor's degree from Thomas More was in criminal justice and sociology.

Her summer jobs - security guard at Coney Island, background checker at an insurance company, runner for a law firm - hinted at her future career.

''She was a delightful person, a wonderful worker, very dependable,'' said Jeff Schlosser, administrative partner at Adams, Brooking, Stepner, Woltermann and Dusing, a Covington law firm where Officer Conway worked about seven months. ''I remember her really wanting to join the Cincinnati police department.''

Officer Conway was appointed a police recruit in July 1996 and was promoted to police officer five months later. Her reviews echo her teachers' comments about her quiet, determined manner.

''Officer Conway is a pleasure to supervise,'' wrote Sgt. Arthur T. Schultz. ''She is a well-mannered, soft-spoken officer. She requires little supervision.''

In her 19 months on the force, Officer Conway has earned three commendations. One came from Hamilton County Common Pleas Judge Steven Martin for her work securing evidence that led to the conviction and incarceration of a career criminal. Another came from Police Chief Michael Snowden for her work in solving a taxi robbery. A third came from a civilian who accompanied Officer Conway on a ride-along.

Her calm, determined nature won her a few more fans Monday night. Doctors at University Hospital who treated the officer said she helped them as they assessed her injuries and remained alert.

''We told her what we were going to need to do and she understood, and despite the pain, there were no complaints,'' said Jay Johannigman, a trauma surgeon who directed her care. ''She certainly gained our immediate admiration. She was wonderful.''

Today's report

Colleagues praise officer's quick action
Sequence of events
Gunman 'never talked bad about police'
Police attacks less frequent, more deadly

Tuesday's report

Officer shot; suspect dead
Audio and transcipt of police radio calls