LINCOLNTON, N.C. - Lincoln County Sheriff Bill Beam presented law enforcement officers of the year awards on December 2, 2021 at a gathering at the Lincoln County Fraternal Order of Police Lodge in Lincolnton.
The tenth annual John H. Howell, II Memorial Deputy of the Year award went to First Sergeant Shannon Pippen who has been with the Sheriff's Office since 2008.
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, Sgt. Brad Alexander, Deputy Michael Johnson and Deputy Cody Medina.
The tenth annual “First Sergeant Thomas R. Taylor Detention Officer of the Year” award was presented to Detention Officer Tyler Allen.
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, Kevin Neal 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 2021 goes to Capt. Gene Sain.
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 third “Linda Baxter Civilian Employee Award” goes to Public Safety Expert Darren Ledford.
The Charlie M. Greene Leadership Award recognizes leadership ability within the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office. The award was presented to Major Matt Lykins.
Community Service Awards were presented to Deputies Jake Starnes, Christopher Estrada, Morgan Ginther, Holden Prater and Sgt. Rudy Hoernlen.
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.
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