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Posted on: January 14, 2019

[ARCHIVED] November & December Awards & Commendations

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Sheriff Kevin Tolson would like to recognize and congratulate the following York County Sheriff's Office employees for recieving the following awards and commendations. 

Employee of the Month (Enforcement) - Deputy Matthew Aaron 

On November 22, 2018, Deputy Aaron responded to a motel in response to a complaint about the smell of marijuana coming from a room at the motel. Deputy Aaron located the source of the smell and knocked on the door to speak with the occupants. Deputy Aaron’s suspicions were further raised during this conversation based upon the occupants’ nervous behaviors and demeanors. Using some recently acquired interdiction techniques,

Deputy Aaron continued to question the occupants and discovered numerous inconsistencies in their stories. Deputy Aaron then obtained consent to search the motel room and located 7 grams of meth, needles filled with meth, and numerous false and forged identifications. Deputy Aaron’s great work resulted in several drug and fraud charges.

Employee of the Month (November) – Detention Officer Thelma Rochester

Officer Rochester was nominated for this award based on her hard working attitude. Officer

Rochester never waits for others to do a task that she is able to do. She has a positive attitude that is infectious, and is always lifting other people up that are around her. She is upbeat and has a positive outlook on everything. She never complains and takes on new challenges as they come to her. She looks at the new challenges as opportunities instead of obstacles. She is a model officer, and is truly an asset to her shift and the facility.

Employee of the Month (December) – Detention Officer Richard Cooper

Officer Cooper was nominated for this award due to his tireless dedication and dependability that he displays on a consistent basis. Any time C-team is in need of an extra officer to work, due to staff shortages or hospital duty, Officer Cooper is the first person to volunteer. He never fails to answer a phone call asking him to report to work, even on days that he is not officially on-call.

He is willing to work in any capacity necessary in order to ensure complete staff coverage. Officer Cooper is dedicated to his work and always enters the facility with a positive attitude and professional appearance. His infectious “can do” personality can always be counted on to offer a helping hand to any officer. Any shift would be lucky to have multiple officers with the dependability and morale of Officer Cooper.

Commendations:

Detectives Walter Beck & Nick Schifferle

Detectives Beck and Schifferle are to be commended for their great work which resulted in a burglary suspect receiving a sentence of 25 years with no parole. After the trial of this suspect, Solicitor Epting wrote a letter to express his gratitude for the work of Detectives Beck and Schifferle. Solicitor Epting stated that “both of these officers were essential to the proper presentation of the case and went above and beyond the call” of duty. It was Detective Schifferle’s “extensive and thorough preparation of the grueling three hour interview [of the suspect] that allowed the jury to be able to digest the cogent points, and [allowed him] to field questions extremely effectively from the defense.” Detective Beck was responsible for discovering critical evidence in the case and extensively prepared for this trial. Solicitor Epting said that this was “the first time in [his] 11 year career as a trial attorney that [he] directly stole quote from an officer responding to cross-examination questions.”

Sergeants Gibby & Gibson; Deputies Aaron, Baxley, Davis, Rousey, Scoggin, & Askew; and Investigator R. King

On November 19th, DEU Investigator King received information about drug trafficking in the Carowinds area. Investigator King immediately called patrol deputies to help locate the trafficking suspects. Without hesitation, these patrol deputies flooded the area to give DEU officers time to get on scene. With the help of these deputies, DEU officers were able to locate the drugs thrown in the woods and four suspects were charged with crimes for drug trafficking and firearms violations. This incident is an example of the outstanding results that occur when officers work together.

Supervisor of the Quarter – Lieutenant Lucas Frame

Lieutenant Frame is a hardworking supervisor. He will often complete his work, and then assist with many other areas of the facility as needed. He is constantly assisting the booking area during staff shortages and/or extremely busy times. Lieutenant Frame will sometimes put his duties/responsibilities on hold in order to assist the on-duty shifts. He can be leaned upon to assist with unruly inmates, as well as major incidents occurring during the day. Lieutenant Frame has a very infectious and positive attitude and makes working with him enjoyable. Lieutenant Frame has excellent attendance, high work ethic, and strives to get the best out of all of those around him.

Letter of Appreciation – Florence Green

Officer Green took a large and generous donation of bread to York Wesleyan Church the week of Thanksgiving. The church was beyond grateful, as they were right in the middle of putting boxes together for families in need of a Thanksgiving Meal. Her generosity was able to help provide meals for approximately fifty (50) families for Thanksgiving.

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