LISTEN: Exemplary Citizen Awards

LISTEN: Exemplary Citizen Awards

December 6th, 2019- Everyday citizens play a vital role in assisting law enforcement in order to keep our community safe and to ensure justice for crime victims. Since 2014 our office has presented 79 Exemplary Citizen Awards to individuals and local organizations for going above and beyond in helping us fight crime. This year 26 citizens were honored as award recipients who assisted law enforcement and victims over the course of the past year. Check out the full list below of all who have been recognized with the exception of one of this year’s Exemplary Citizens who has requested no public recognition.

 

Mark D. Hunter, Sr.

In recognition and appreciation of the vigilance you displayed when, after having pieces of aluminum siding stolen from a residence you own, but being unable to prove that identical pieces that had been sold at a recycling facility came from your property, you returned to the house and placed identifying marks on the back of the remaining loose pieces of siding, which were then also stolen, were located at the recycling facility, and were identified by the marks you made, which led to the arrest of a career criminal and his prosecution, conviction, and prison sentence for the crime of Theft.

 

Julie M. Jordan

In recognition and appreciation of the dedication to public safety you displayed after observing a grossly impaired driver repeatedly striking curbs, swerving dramatically, and running red lights, by calling 911, keeping dispatch alerted to the location of the vehicle, and providing a statement to the police as to your observations, which resulted in the driver’s arrest, prosecution, and convictions for Driving Under the Influence of a Drug and Unlawful Possession of Controlled Substance.

 

Jacqueline Hollis-George

In recognition and appreciation of the dedication to public safety you exhibited when, after observing a vehicle swerving in the roadway and nearly colliding with two other vehicles, you called 911 and provided the location of the vehicle to dispatch, which enabled the police to quickly locate and stop the vehicle, and resulted in the driver’s arrest, prosecution, and conviction for Driving Under the Influence of a Drug.

 

Peggy Mennel

In recognition and appreciation of the dedication to public safety and justice you displayed upon witnessing a hit-and-run collision in following the fleeing vehicle, taking photographs of the vehicle, and returning to the scene to provide the information you gathered to the police, which resulted in the apprehension of the offender and his successful prosecution for Driving Under the Influence and Resisting a Peace Officer.

 

Brian Cravens

In recognition and appreciation of the dedication to public safety and justice you displayed upon passing a car which had come to a stop on the highway and hearing the female driver yell for help, by calling 911, following the vehicle until officers arrived, and remaining at the scene and providing a statement to officers, which terminated the attack on the victim, and resulted in the passenger’s arrest, prosecution, and conviction for Felony Domestic Battery.

 

Larry Cravens

In recognition and appreciation of the dedication to public safety and justice you displayed upon passing a car which had come to a stop on the highway and hearing the female driver yell for help, by calling 911, following the vehicle until officers arrived, and remaining at the scene and providing a statement to officers, which terminated the attack on the victim, and resulted in the passenger’s arrest, prosecution, and conviction for Felony Domestic Battery.

 

Terry Copeland

In recognition and appreciation of the commitment to public safety you exhibited when, after observing a vehicle being driven erratically, you called 911, followed the vehicle until it stopped after striking and breaking a utility pole, checked on the driver to see if he was injured, and remained at the scene until officers arrived, which led to the driver’s arrest, prosecution, and conviction for Driving Under the Influence.

 

Todd Martin

In recognition and appreciation of the vigilance you displayed when, having observed a vehicle leave the roadway, drive through a roadside stand, and come to a stop against a utility pole guy wire, you pinned the vehicle against the guy wire with your truck preventing the driver from fleeing the scene, which led to his arrest, prosecution, and conviction for Driving Under the Influence.

 

Joseph Wilkinson

In recognition and appreciation of your dedication to public safety in calling 911 when you observed a grossly impaired driver weaving in and out of oncoming traffic and nearly hitting mailboxes along the road, which enabled deputies to quickly locate the vehicle, and resulted in the driver’s arrest, conviction, and prison sentence for Aggravated Driving Under the Influence of a Drug.

 

Raymond B. Standerwick

In recognition and appreciation of the dedication to public safety you displayed when you observed a grossly impaired driver, called 911, followed the vehicle until it stopped, kept dispatch updated on the vehicle’s location, and remained on scene until the police arrived, who discovered that the driver was armed with a gun, which resulted driver’s arrest, prosecution, and convictions for Driving Under the Influence of a Drug and Aggravated Unlawful Use of a Weapon.

 

Sarah Knowles

In recognition and appreciation of the dedication to justice and public safety you displayed after observing an employee of a local business attempting to prevent her intoxicated former boyfriend from re-entering the premises, and witnessing him commit a battery upon her, in giving a statement to the police and providing crucial testimony at trial, which resulted in convictions for the crimes of Aggravated Battery and Felony Domestic Battery.

 

Jaice Hill

In recognition and appreciation of the dedication to public safety you displayed when, after observing a man yelling obscenities at an elderly female in a vehicle, threatening her with bodily harm, striking her vehicle several times with his hand, and attempting to enter her vehicle, you called 911, remained at the scene and provided a statement to the police, which led to the man’s arrest, prosecution, and conviction for the crime of Attempt (Vehicular Invasion).

 

Ken Frye

In recognition and appreciation of the vigilance you exhibited upon observing an occupant of the vehicle in front of you fire numerous rounds from a handgun at another vehicle, which was the culmination of a running gun battle between the two vehicles which covered several city blocks and resulted in two innocent victim’s cars and one home being struck with bullets, in pulling to the side of the road, writing down the license plate number of the car, and calling 911, which led to the identification of the driver of the vehicle, and his arrest, prosecution, and conviction for the crime of Aggravated Discharge of a Firearm.

 

Haley Emerson

In recognition and appreciation of the dedication to public safety you displayed after observing a grossly impaired driver swerving, running into curbs, and nearly striking your car, in calling 911 and providing the license plate number to police, which led to the quick apprehension of the Felony Revoked driver.

 

Nichole Biehl

In recognition and appreciation of the dedication to public safety you displayed upon seeing a vehicle being driven erratically and at high speed by calling 911, following and maintaining observation of the vehicle, reporting the location of the vehicle to dispatch, and remaining at the scene to provide a statement to the police, which resulted in the driver’s conviction for Driving Under the Influence of a Drug, and his conviction and prison sentence for Possession of Methamphetamine.

 

Randy Grigg

In recognition and appreciation of the vigilance you exhibited when you drove upon the scene of a traffic crash in stopping to check the welfare of the vehicles’ occupants, following the driver of one vehicle who walked away from the scene, attempting to convince the driver to return to the scene, and providing the location of the house the driver entered, which led to the driver’s apprehension, prosecution, and conviction for Aggravated Driving Under the Influence Resulting in Great Bodily Harm.

 

Timothy Frey

In recognition and appreciation of the vigilance you displayed when you heard a burglar alarm as you drove by a local business, observed a man bending over in front of the business then meeting up with a second man and placing items in the bed of a truck, by calling 911 and keeping dispatch updated on the men’s actions, remaining at the scene, and providing a statement to the police, which led to the apprehension and successful prosecution of both burglars.

 

Jessica Loeffler

In recognition and appreciation of the dedication to public safety you displayed after being notified by a customer at your place of employment that a driver was slumped over the wheel of a vehicle in the parking lot, in calling 911, going to the vehicle and waking the impaired driver, at which point another impaired person entered the driver seat, and remaining at the scene and providing a statement to officers, which led to the arrest and successful prosecution of one driver for Driving Under the Influence of a Drug, and the other for Aggravated Driving Under the Influence of a Drug.

 

Jason Largent

In recognition and appreciation of the commitment to justice you displayed when, after being approached while sitting in your truck by a man who demanded money from you, placed his hand in his coat pocket and pointed at you as if he had a gun, and threatened to “blow your head off,” you retrieved a baseball bat, exited your truck and confronted the unarmed would-be robber, and reported the incident to the police, which led to the apprehension, prosecution, and prison sentence of a career criminal for the crime of Attempt (Aggravated Robbery).

 

Antwan L. Gaddy, Jr.

In recognition and appreciation of the bravery you displayed, being twelve years old, when a man broke a window and entered your home, in calling your mother on the phone, arming yourself with a knife, and, when the intruder came into your bedroom carrying a flashlight and turned towards you, cutting and stabbing him causing him to flee the residence, and DNA analysis of the blood recovered from the scene determined the identity of the suspect, and resulted in his arrest, prosecution, and prison sentence for the crime of Residential Burglary.

 

Brian Wade

In recognition and appreciation of the commitment to public safety you displayed when you observed a vehicle traveling northbound in the southbound lanes of a divided highway after sunset, with only one headlight, and had to change lanes to avoid a head-on collision, by turning around and following the vehicle, calling 911, approaching the driver after he turned onto a side road and exited his vehicle, preventing him from driving from the scene, remaining at the scene until officers arrived, and providing a statement to the police, which resulted in the driver’s arrest and the determination that he had a BAC more than four times the legal limit, his prosecution, and his conviction for Aggravated Driving Under the Influence.

 

Randy Morlan

In recognition and appreciation of the commitment to public safety you displayed when you observed a vehicle traveling northbound in the southbound lanes of a divided highway after sunset, with only one headlight, and had to change lanes to avoid a head-on collision, by turning around and following the vehicle, calling 911, approaching the driver after he turned onto a side road and exited his vehicle, removing the keys from his vehicle so he could not drive from the scene, and providing a statement to the police, which resulted in the driver’s arrest and the determination that he had a BAC more than four times the legal limit, his prosecution, and his conviction for Aggravated Driving Under the Influence.

 

Darrell Sumler

In recognition and appreciation of the dedication to public safety you displayed when, having observed a woman screaming, running toward you with blood running down her face and being followed by two men yelling at her to get back inside of their truck, you stepped in, told the men to stay away and that the police had been called, and remained at the scene and gave a statement to the police, which resulted in the attacker’s arrest, prosecution, and conviction for the crime of Aggravated Battery.

 

Sandra Kraft-Sumler

In recognition and appreciation of the dedication to public safety you displayed when, having heard a female crying and asking for help, then observed her running toward you with blood running down her face and being followed by two men yelling at her to get back inside of their truck, you called 911, and remained at the scene and gave a statement to the police, which resulted in the attacker’s arrest, prosecution, and conviction for the crime of Aggravated Battery.

 

Michael Sullens

In recognition and appreciation of the commitment to public safety you displayed when you observed a driver at your place of employment to be staggering and falling down, and believed him to be intoxicated, by calling 911 and providing a statement to the police, which led to the driver’s arrest, prosecution, and conviction for Aggravated Driving Under the Influence.