By Nita Johnson
LAUREL COUNTY, Ky. — Acciardo named Deputy of Year
Whether it be logging in property tax collections, assisting with visitors at the judicial center or patrolling the roadways, every person involved in law enforcement has a contribution to the public safety.
Last month, Laurel County Sheriff John Root honored the employees of his office with a special recognition for their efforts and dedication to the smooth operation of the county law enforcement agency.
Through a vote by fellow staff members, three outstanding employees were chosen in three respective areas.
Receiving the Deputy of the Year award was Deputy Gilbert Acciardo. Corporal Derrick Price was selected as Bailiff of the Year, and Amanda Peters was picked as Office Staff of 2012.
In addition, three civilian awards were presented to individuals or businesses whose contributions were considered as lifesaving or beneficial to the citizens of Laurel County. Those awards were:
• Darren Moore — For assisting a deputy in an arrest after a suspect scuffled with a deputy during a drug arrest
• George Cress —Pulled a woman who was trapped inside an overturned smoking car which was about to catch fire at an accident scene
• PSC Metals — For its willingness and cooperation in assisting officers in investigations involving metal thefts
• Laurel County Detention Center staff — For constantly and on a daily basis assists the sheriff’s office in a professional manner by a willingness to go above and beyond, and in housing the prisoners placed there by the sheriff’s office.
10 officers recognized for dedication
Whether rounding up drug dealers, stopping drunk drivers along the roadway, chasing suspects through wooded areas, or just settling down a couple involved in a domestic dispute, law enforcement officials never know what a day’s duty may involve.
With hundreds of investigations and arrests made during 2012, Laurel County Sheriff John Root wanted to recognize those individuals for their dedication to their duties and to the people of London and Laurel County.
Ten officers were recognized with a merit award for performing their duties “above and beyond” the call of duty. Those individuals were:
• Deputy Kirk Mays and Sgt. Chuck Johnson — For performing CPR on an unresponsive infant in an attempt to save the child’s life
• Deputy Greg Turner and Deputy Steve Hoskins — Disarming an intoxicated man armed with a shotgun, without injury to other persons present at a domestic dispute.
• Sgt. E.R. Rudder — Diligent work ethics, professionalism, and sound judgment on a daily basis
• Detective Jason Back and Detective Brad Mitchell — Dedication to duty, sacrifice, and a never ending vigilance to make a difference, and make Laurel County a better place to live by arresting drug dealers in Laurel County
• Detective Charlie Loomis — Diligently pursues the criminal cases he investigates, following up on every lead, and solving numerous serious crimes in Laurel County
• Senior Sgt. Greg Poynter — Constantly shows a great dedication to serving the citizens of Laurel County, very professional supervision of deputies , and a willingness to work the long hours to get the job done.
• Lt. Rodney Van Zant — Instrumental in creating the Laurel County Sheriff’s Office Special Response Unit (SRU) — for not only its creation, but training, and utilization-thereby assisting other deputies in arrests of high risk individuals-effecting those arrests as safely as possible. Lt. Van Zant constantly exhibits dedication to duty, and his professionalism is always noticeable.
Officers receiving Sheriff’s Commendations for Distinguished Service included: Deputy Shawn Boroviak, Deputy Robbie Grimes, Deputy Gilbert Acciardo, Deputy James Sizemore, Deputy Kirk Mays, Sgt. Phil Barnard, Detective Jason Back, Bailiff Buster Smith, Cpl. Derrick Price, CSO Donald Banks, Bailiff Shane Rice, Bailiff Brandon Broughton, and Clerk Amanda Peters.
Safe driving awards were presented to officers who had 25,000-plus safe driving miles without a preventable accident. Those officers who qualified for the award were: Det. Brad Mitchell, Det. Daryl Zanet, Det. Charlie Loomis, Det. Tommy Johnston, CSO Paige Vanhook, Sgt. Chuck Johnson, Sgt. Josh Gaylor, Senior Sgt. Greg Poynter, Bailiff Buster Smith, Cpl. Derrick Price, Bailiff Shane Rice, Bailiff Brandon Broughton, Sgt. Phil Barnard, Lt. Rodney Van Zant, Bailiff Luther Arnold, Deputy Steve Hoskins, Deputy Robbie Grimes, Deputy James Sizemore, Deputy Shawn Boroviak, Deputy Brett Reeves, and Deputy John Inman.
Those officers and staff who have five years or more service in law enforcement were also honored during the banquet held in December 2012.
The longest term law enforcement officer with the sheriff’s office is Det. Charlie Loomis, with more than 35 years, followed by Deputy Gilbert Acciardo with 30 years. Chief Deputy Eddy Sizemore has logged in for 25 years, while Detective Billy Madden and Sheriff John Root both can boast of more than 20 years in law enforcement.
Three employees who have passed the 15-year mile marker are Det. Richard Dalrymple, Det. Brad Mitchell, and Clerk Linda Amburgey. Ten deputies have dedicated more than 10 years to protecting the public and include Lt. Rodney Van Zant, Senior Sgt. Greg Poynter, Deputy Josh Gaylor, Sgt. E.R. Rudder, Sgt. Chuck Johnson, Deputy William Harris, Deputy James Sizemore, Deputy Greg Turner, Det. Tommy Johnston, and Detective Daryl Zanet.
Those completing five or more years of service are Deputy John Inman, Deputy Brett Reeves, and clerks Caroline Harris, Debra Vandeventer and Lola Lawson.
Laurel County Sheriff John Root commended his staff on their professionalism and success during 2012 and his best wishes for 2013.