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Posted on: February 1, 2019

York County Sheriff’s Office 1st Annual Awards Banquet

Medal of Valor Red and White Ribbon

YORK COUNTY, SC – The Sheriff’s Foundation of York County, Inc., and Sheriff Kevin Tolson is pleased to announce the York County Sheriff’s Office 1st annual awards banquet to pay tribute to those officers and staff who went above and beyond while in the line of duty for the year 2018.

It is the policy of the York County Sheriff’s Office to publicly recognize and reward employees who exceed agency standards.  The YCSO is also committed to recognizing extraordinary acts of kindness and heroism exhibited by members of the public.

The event was held at the American Legion Post 34 in Rock Hill, SC.

The following awards were given:

2018 DEPUTY OF THE YEAR

  • Christopher Doty

2018 DETENTION OFFICER OF THE YEAR

  • Michael Hewitt

PURPLE HEART RECIPIENTS

The Purple Heart shall be awarded to a sworn law enforcement officer who while on duty is wounded by a weapon in during a confrontation with another person.

  • Buddy Brown                                      
  • Kyle Cummings
  • Randy Clinton                                     
  • Mike Doty - Accepted on behalf of the Doty Family.

MEDAL OF VALOR RECIPIENTS

The Medal of Valor may be awarded to an individual for an exceptional act or execution of duty performed in the presence of great danger and personal risk, without endangering or jeopardizing the lives of others, and performed in such a manner as to clearly indicate that the individual displayed outstanding ability and judgment in the performance of duty.

  • Blaine Addis                                          
  • Carlos Culbreath (RPHD)
  • Judd Baird (CPD)                                  
  • Kyle Cummings (YPD)
  • Walter Beck                                           
  • Michael DeJacimo
  • Buddy Brown                                         
  • Billy Donahue (TCPD)
  • Samuel Bruining                                    
  • Mike Doty
  • Tim Carroll                                             
  • Grady Gonzales
  • Mike Channell (YCEMD)                      
  • Jim Grayson (RHPD)                                    
  • Heath Clevenger                                    
  • Cole Greene
  • Randy Clinton                                        
  • Wayne Matthews (SLED)
  • Chris Kinsey                                           
  • Logan McGarity (CPD)
  • Christopher Laurencio                           
  • Stephen Moore
  • Mike Ligon                                            
  • Jon Mosely
  • Marschal Martens                                 
  • Arthur Philson
  • Gary Pence                                          
  • Justin Spencer (TCPD)
  • Jhonnatan Ramirez                              
  • Daniel Taggart
  • Stephen Ramsey                                 
  • Charles Threatt
  • John Rainier (RHPD)                           
  • Dennis Tracy (SLED)
  • Wayne Richardson                              
  • Larry Vaughn (RHPD)
  • Chris Rowe (RHPD)                           
  • Joey Wallace
  • Frankie Sadler (CPD)                         
  • Eddie Wong
  • Travis Shealey                                    
  • Lee Wright
  • Josh Solomon                                     
  • Josh Yates
  • Johnathan King
  • Chuck Haynes (YCOEM)

LIFESAVING MEDAL RECIPIENTS

The Life Saving Medal may be awarded to an individual whose decisive actions save the life of another person.  An individual deserves this award where that individual renders first aid to another who is in imminent danger of succumbing to an injury or illness and where an individual safely removes another from a life-threatening situation

  • Matthew Aaron                                               
  • Blake Haynes
  • Michaela Barnette                                          
  • Chuck Haynes (YCEMD)
  • Crystal Beck                                                  
  •  Dillon Kimbrell
  • Leigh Bell                                                       
  • Paula King
  • Michael Buie                                                  
  • Christopher Laurencio           
  • Anquanetta Cannon                                       
  • Mike Ligon
  • Mike Channell, (YCEMD)                              
  • Justin Moore                                      
  • Heath Clevenger                                            
  • Brian Popichak
  • Andrew Gallant                                              
  • Mark Scoggin
  • Jessica Hall

2018 EMPLOYEES OF THE MONTH 

DETENTION DIVISION

  • Anthony Baker                                                
  • Milton Gibson
  • Richard Cooper                                              
  • Florence Green
  • Francine Button-Weyers                                
  •  Ashlee Owens
  • Teresa Childers                                              
  • Ben Robinson
  • Nicholas Davis                                               
  • Thelma Rochester
  • Niesha Foote                                                 
  • Johnny Williams

2018 SUPERVISORS OF THE QUARTER 

DETENTION DIVISION

  • Crystal Blauser                                               
  • Lucas Frame

2018 EMPLOYEES OF THE MONTH

ENFORCEMENT DIVISION

  • Matthew Aaron                                               
  • Mark Gibby
  • LaNelle Day                                                   
  • Michael Hawkins
  • Sammy Dozier                                               
  • Doug Patterson
  • Nathan Ferrara                                              
  • Nicholas Suriano
  • Daniel Frame                                                 
  • Lee Stoneburner

2018 COMMENDATION RECIPIENTS 

DETENTION DIVISION

  • Leigh Bell                                                       
  • Stacy Sexton
  • Cristos Kakouras                                           
  • Arthur Totherow
  • Michael Plyler

2018 COMMENDATION RECIPIENTS

ENFORCEMENT DIVISION

  • Matthew Aaron                                   
  • Cole Greene
  • Devin Askew                                      
  • Ryan King
  • Justin Baxley                                       
  • Donta McClure
  • Walter Beck                                        
  • Wyatt Melton
  • Audrey Blanks                                    
  • Steven Neely
  • Chad Davis                                         
  • Hunter Oliver
  • LaNelle Day                                       
  • Tonya Pendergrass
  • Steven Dellinger                                 
  • Travis Rousey
  • Mark Gibby                                        
  • Nick Schifferle
  • Randy Gibson                                     
  • Lee Stoneburner
  • Pamela Good                                      
  • Charlie Threatt

2018 BERT FRIDAY AWARD RECIPIENTS

The Bert Friday Award is given to the person with the highest basic jail class overall academic average, including successful completion of all performance tests at the South Carolina Criminal Justice Academy.

  • Amber Clark
  • Danielle Black

2018 J.P. STROM AWARD RECIPIENT 

The J.P. Strom Award is given to the person with the highest enforcement class academic average at the South Carolina Criminal Justice Academy.

  • Ted Melton

2018 OPTIMIST CLUB AWARD RECIPIENTS

  • Nathan Clark
  • Mike Doody
  • Steven Zike

Any York County Sheriff’s Office employee or member of the public may nominate an individual for an award or commendation by completing the YCSO Award Form.

The Sheriff’s Foundation of York County, Inc. would like to thank the many businesses and families who sponsored this event.

To learn more about the Sheriff's Foundation of York County, Inc. please visit www.yorkcountysheriff.com/SheriffsFoundation

L to R: Sheriff Kevin Tolson, Chris Doty, Josh Yates, Maj. Robbie Hudgins

Chris Doty Deputy of the Year. 

L to R Sheriff Tolson, Lt. Jessica Hall, Officer Michael Hewitt, Chief John Hicks, Major Robbie Hudg

Detention Officer Michael Hewitt

Group photo of all of the Medal of Valor recipients

Medal of Valor Recipients 

L to R: Randy Clinton, Bob Doty, Buddy Brown, Kyle Cummings

Purple Heart Recipients

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