LINCOLNTON, N.C. – Lincoln County Sheriff Bill Beam presented law enforcement officers of the year awards Wednesday to a dedicated detention officer and a two patrol officers.
The ninth annual “Sergeant John H. Howell II Memorial Deputy Sheriff of the Year” award went to Deputies Michael Johnson and Cody Medina.
The Sgt. John H. Howell II Memorial Deputy of the Year award was started in 2011 to honor the life of Sgt. Howell who was shot and killed in the line of duty on August 26, 1973. Past winners of award are Lt. Jordan Cody, Deputy Daniel Richard, former Investigator Martin Hill, Capt. Tim Johnson, Investigator Frank Runyon, Civil Officer Todd Briggs, Patrol Sgt. Steven Dombrowski, Deputy David Hendrix and Sgt. Brad Alexander.
The ninth annual “First Sergeant Thomas R. Taylor Detention Officer of the Year” award was presented to Detention Officer W. Kevin Neal.
The “First Sergeant Thomas R. Taylor Detention Officer of the Year” award was started in 2011 to honor the life of First Sergeant Tom Taylor who died on December 30, 2003 while on duty. Past winners of the award are First Sergeant Veda Reid, Sgt. Charlie Greene, Officers Jason Harris, Andrew Mocilan, Donna Beal, Robert Hooks, Jr., Randy McKee, Corporal Brigette Covington and Sgt. Latasha Knox.
Sheriff Beam also presented a number of other awards including a longevity award which goes to an employee who has put in the time and effort to remain with the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office. The Longevity Award for 2020 goes to 1st Sgt Scott Burnham.
An award honoring a civilian employee has been named in honor of the late Linda Baxter who worked for the Sheriff’s Office for many years as an accounting specialist. The second “Linda Baxter Civilian Employee Award” goes to Gun Permit Specialist Jennifer M. Farmer.
The Charlie M. Greene Leadership Award recognizes leadership ability within the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office Detention Center. The award was presented to 1st Sgt. Mark Eaker.
Community Service Awards were presented to Deputies Jason Counts, Shannon Bridges, Justin Brown, Brandon Smith, and Sergeants Paul Finger and Ken Davis.
Life Saver Award was received by 1st Sgt. Richard Calhoun and Deputy John Isaacks.
The Purple Heart Award was presented to Deputies Buddy Alexander and Walter Spurling. While the Medal of Valor was awarded to Detective Kelsey Harrington.
The deputy and detention officers of the year awards are presented for outstanding achievement that brings credit to the Sheriff’s Office and involves performance well above that which is required by the officer’s normal assignments. Permanent plaques for the John H. Howell II Memorial Deputy Sheriff of the Year and the First Sgt. Thomas R. Taylor Detention Officer of the Year are displayed in the lobby of the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office showing each annual recipient of the award.