They serve and protect us, and tonight they are recognized for their valor and bravery.
The Tyler Police Department held its annual awards banquet this evening, honoring exemplary members both civilian and sworn officers.
Recognition was given to those involved in the shooting of DPS Trooper Steven Stone and the fatal shooting of Constable Dale Geddie in 2006.
Awards were handed out tonight not only to those involved in dangerous situations such as these, but also to those who do a good job day in and day out.
HERE ARE THE 2007 TYLER POLICE DEPARTMENT'S ANNUAL AWARD WINNERS:
MASTER AWARD WINNERS:
Officer of the Year - Steve Black
Plainclothes Officer of the year - Karl Pottkotter
Rookie of the Year - Michelle Brock
Sworn Supervisor of the Year - Sgt. Jeff Callaway
Unit of the Year - Propoert Crimes Division
(sgt. Eddie Sheffield, Det. Karl Pottkotter, Det. Gregg Roberts, Det. R.M. Smith, Det. John Partlow, Det. Richard Cashell, Det. Gary King, Det. Johnny Green, Det. Don rutledge, Det. Rodney Harrington, Public Service Officers Shawn Hampton and Shanon Hayes)
Civilian Supervisor of the year - Michael McGregor
Civilian Employee of the Year - Stella Robinson
Volunteer of the Year - Richard and Shirley Eckerle
Tyler Patrolman's Association Awards:
Presidents Award - Bill Lemmert
Excellence Award - Bill Horton
Citizens Certificate of Merit:
Ron Garrett for his assistance during the attempted forgery in progress at Regions Bank on December 21, 2006.
Augustus Asbell and David Guyton for their assistance during the robber in progress at Food Fast on W. Houston on January 25, 2007.
Pierce Moore for his design and fabrication of numerous devices used for training officers.
Certificate of Excellence:
Certificate of Merit:
Officer Robbie Matthews
Deputy Marshal Anton Slavich for his continued support and assistance to the department in criminal investigations.
Life Saving Award:
Lt. Derreck Wagoner
Sgt. Jeff Rackliff