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Posted on: August 5, 2019

YCSO Awards & Commendations for May & June

Graphic May June 2019 Awards with Sheriff's Badge

May 2019 Awards and Commendations 

Enforcement Division Employees of the Month:  Deputies Brian McAfee, Gary Pence, and Ryan Quinn 

Deputies McAfee, Pence and Quinn were selected as Employees of the Month for May for going above and beyond their roles as law enforcement officers to assist EMS with a patient in extreme distress.

In early May, these deputies responded to a residence in regard to an unconscious patient.  Upon arrival, the deputies observed that the patient had no pulse and labored breathing.  Deputies McAfee, Pence and Quinn performed CPR on the patient for approximately 45 minutes while EMS was on scene.  

EMS paramedics were especially thankful for the assistance of these deputies in this matter.  Due to a large call volume, EMS had an unusually long response time to this call.  These deputies arrived first to the scene and began immediate treatment.  They continued to perform CPR after EMS arrived so that the paramedics could perform other interventions.  Once of the paramedics even sent an email thanking these deputies “for performing good high quality CPR and continuing to assist once [EMS] got on scene.”  Although these deputies and the paramedics worked very hard to save this patient’s life, she could not be revived.

These deputies are to be commended for working so well together and for providing great assistance to other first responders

June 2019 Awards and Commendations 

Enforcement Division Employee of the Month: Susan Hall 

Susan Hall, NCIC Clerk, has been selected as the June Employee of the Month for her outstanding job performance and the compassion that she shows to her fellow coworker.  Susan has been with the Sheriff’s Office for almost 10 years and has been an outstanding employee during her time with the office.  Susan’s dedication to her job and her compassion for her coworkers was recently highlighted when Susan volunteered to work the vacant night shift position.  Susan offered to work this shift because she knew that it would be a tremendous hardship for her coworkers that must care for their small children.  According to her supervisor, Susan “is not only a team player, but looks out for her coworkers on a personal level as well.”  Susan is to be commended for her work ethic and kind heart.  

Detention Division Employee of the Month: Corporal John Castro 

Corporal Castro was nominated for the Employee of the Month for June, 2019 by his coworkers. Corporal Castro has gone above and beyond what is required of him on numerous occasions. In the past, when his shift lost a Sergeant due to a promotion, Corporal Castro stepped up to help the team wherever was needed. Corporal Castro has a great desire to help train other officers, and is constantly stating during Roll Call prior to the shift that if any staff have a desire to learn the booking area, that he is willing to train them, which he does often. Corporal Castro takes great pride in his job, the facility, and most importantly, his fellow officers. Whenever an officer is in need, Corporal Castor is there to assure the safety of that officer. Corporal Castro has recently taken the lead to organize a Detention Center softball team through York Recreation, which has helped to build morale and team building throughout the facility. Corporal Castro has an excellent work ethic, leadership skills, and ability to communicate to the inmate population, as well as coworkers and his supervisors.

Supervisor of the Quarter – Lieutenant Connie McMillan 

Lieutenant McMillan was nominated for the Supervisor of the Quarter for the 2nd Quarter 2019 by a staff member on her team. Lieutenant McMillan is a hard working supervisor that can answer just about any question that staff have about the facility and the operations. Lieutenant McMillan has been a Watch Commander since 2004, and has an immense knowledge about all areas of the facility. If she does not know the answer, she has enough knowledge to know who to direct staff to get the right answer. Lieutenant McMillan is always willing to go out of her way to help the booking staff with searching inmates and showering inmates out to be transferred to the classification unit. Lieutenant has built an immense rapport with the inmate population, and has an uncanny ability to de-escalate loud and disruptive inmates and calm tense situations. Lieutenant McMillan has been able to talk to inmates that were possibly going to attempt to hurt themselves, and get them to calm down and allow the staff to assist them through their problems. Lieutenant McMillan is well respected by her subordinates and her peers. She is relied upon by other supervisors that will call and ask her questions when they come up to a situation/event that they are not sure about. Lieutenant McMillan supports her staff, and looks for ways to build them up and encourage them.

Commendations: 

Deputy Patrick Williams 

Deputy Williams is to be commended for his efforts in attempting to save the life of a citizen.  In early May, Deputy Williams responded to a request to assist EMS with an individual who was not breathing and had no pulse.  Upon his arrival, Deputy Williams began administering CPR and continued to administer CPR in conjunction with EMS personnel.  While Deputy Williams and the EMS personnel were successful in reviving the patient at the scene, the patient did pass away shortly thereafter.

Lieutenant David Frye, Corporal Chris Kinsey, Corporal Tom Kinnee, Deputy Marschel Martens, and Deputy Daniel Frame 

Lieutenant Frye, Corporals Kinsey and Kinnee, and Deputies Martens and Frame are to be commended for their actions that resulted in the disruption of a larceny in progress and arrest of the suspect.  In early May, Lieutenant Frye discovered an individual that was in the process of stealing catalytic converters from vehicles at a car dealership that had been victimized recently.  The suspect fled on foot and Corporal Kinsey and Deputies Martens and Frame were dispatched to track the suspect.  Corporal Kinnee was dispatched to provide air support with the drone.  Due to the communication between these deputies and the aggressive track by the K-9 team through heavily wooded areas, the suspect was ultimately apprehended.  The persistence and dedication of these individuals is to be commended.

Detective David Vaughn, Deputy Donta McClure, and Deputy Devin Askew 

Detective Vaughn and Deputies McClure and Askew are to be recognized for their great teamwork that resulted in the clearance of two major YCSO cases.  Deputies Askew and McClure responded to a burglary and were able to collect forensic evidence from the scene that led to the development of a suspect.  Once the investigation moved outside York County, Deputy Askew requested assistance from Detective Vaughn on the case.  Both Detective Vaughn and Deputy Askew continued to pursue the investigation and ended up developing additional suspects.  The work these deputies completed in this case also led to the development of a suspect in a shooting that occurred in early May.  The combined efforts of these deputies resulted in the clearance of two major YCSO cases.  This investigation is a great example of the impact of teamwork and these deputies are to be commended for their efforts.

Classification Specialist Paul Aube and Transport Officer Bobby Heath

On Tuesday, June 18, 2019 while transporting twelve (12) inmates to SCDC in two (2) separate vans, one of the vans had a flat tire. Corporal Aube and Officer Heath drove the van to the next exit into a parking lot. They contacted York County Maintenance Shop as well as Sergeant Anderson. They then contacted Richland County Dispatch for assistance. They drove the vans to a Richland Sheriff’s Office substation, and utilized all resources in order to maintain security of the inmates while one inmate at a time was able to use the restroom. Corporal Aube and Officer Heath maintained security and control of all twelve (12) inmates during this incident. They partnered with Richland County Sheriff’s Office to move inmates from the YCSO vehicle to a Richland County vehicle without minimizing any security of the inmates. Corporal Aube and Officer Heath remained in control and formulated a strategic plan that allowed for inmate movement, as well as needed maintenance. They contacted a local repair shop to drop the vehicle off while taking the inmates to SCDC with the assistance of Richland County. Corporal Aube and Officer Heath should be commended for their ability to remain calm and formulate a plan during this type of situation. These types of situations are not planned for and/or trained for.

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