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Smith County SO honors officers, citizens

Released by The Smith County Sheriff's Office:

The Smith County Sheriff's Office held it's 9th Annual Awards Banquet Monday January 30, 2012 @ 6:30 pm.

Awards and Honors are as follows:

(1) Citizens Certificate of Merit: Bruce Bloch (Bloch Metals) and Tom Curtis (Tyler Iron and Metal) for their devotion and service to citizens of Smith County and willingness to work with Law Enforcement to capture individuals involved in the Theft of Materials.

(2) Volunteer Recognition: In memory of George Jefferson Mason Jr. who was the one of the 1st Smith County Volunteers and volunteered 1000 hours at a value of $21, 360.00. George volunteered up until his 96th  birthday.

(3) Don Pinkerton Memorial Supervisor of the Year: ……………. Sgt. Denice Johnigan

(4) Dale David Geddie Memorial Peace Officer of the Year: …..Deputy Yancy Green

(5) Plain Clothes Officer of the Year:  ……………………………………Detective Joe Rasco

(6) Robert Britton Memorial Rookie of the Year: …………………. Deputy Jerel Crowder

(7) Detention Officer of the Year: ……………………………………….. John Preston

(8) Dispatcher of the Year:…………………………………………………… Josh Bennett

(9) Civillian Employee of the Year: ………………………………………..Rubi Bahena

(10) Commendation Bars: Kim Matlock, Brad Williams, Demarcus Thompson, and Bryan Kelly for ending a dangerous pursuit without injury to innocent civilians or deputies.

(11)  Meritorious Conduct Bar:  Deputy Rickey Strickland

For exceptional conduct and courage while risking his personal safety to end a deadly pursuit while keeping public safety and safety of other officers in mind.

(12) Purple Heart: Deputy Robert Britton (Accepted by his family)

Deputy Britton was wounded in the line of duty March 24, 2011 while working traffic at an accident scene. Deputy Britton succumbed to his injuries March 28, 2011 at East Texas Medical Center.

(13) Medal of Valor: Deputy John Archer

For demonstration of professionalism and courage while negotiating with an armed suspect November 14, 2010 after the suspect shot and killed another civilian. Deputy Archer ended the standoff successfully without any shots fired and injury to no one.

(14) Medal of Honor: Deputy Josh Caulkins

Deputy Caulkins was shot in the chest March 23, 2011 while serving a warrant on a convicted sex offender. Deputy Caulkins remained inside the apartment ensuring other officers got out safely and then re-entered the apartment assisting in the arrest of the shooter before allowing emergency services personnel to transport him to the hospital.

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