Awards handed out by Daleville DPS director, mayor

By Jan Murray jmurray@southeastsun.com

Awards handed out by Daleville DPS director, mayor
“Our department of public safety has 26 full-time people but if you  add in our volunteers, reserves, our EMT workers, firefighters, we’ve got about 70 people. Every single one of them was given a single vote to pick the police officer of the year, the firefighter of the year, the EMT of the year, Dispatcher of the Year,” said Department of Public Safety Chief Harvey Mathis. “Each had one vote. These are not ones I’ve randomly picked because I like a person.  These people are chosen because their peers recognize them as being the best in their position. I think it speaks a lot for these ones, it speaks very highly of them.”Sgt. Jason Myers was selected the “Police Officer of the Year.” Chief Mathis said Myers has not been with the department for long “but he has been an outstanding officer. In fact, as of the next pay period he will be Lt. Myers,” said Mathis. “He has done an outstanding job and demonstrated leadership and has proven beneficial to the city.”The “Reserve Officer of the Year” honor was given to Cpl. Chris Blocker. “Any time  we need something, all I have to do is call Chris. He will be there and round up the reserves,” said Mathis.  “Our department could not operate without our reserves. They are vital to our department…They do it all for free because they want to serve the public.”The fire department is made up of volunteers and Mathis said, “I don’t believe you will ever see an accident or fire without seeing Ken Smith there. He is always there, always getting the equipment ready for the next call-out. He is always the last one to leave the building and he is very essential to our city.” Smith was given the “Firefighter of the Year” award.The “Rescue Member of the Year” honor went to Gavin Cornish. Mathis said, “Gavin is a full-time solider (at Fort Rucker) and has made over 200 runs this year with our rescue squad. If Gavin’s not working, he’s out there (with the rescue unit). He is very proficient at what he does,” said Mathis.“Anytime you deal with the police department, the first person you will see or talk to in the police department is the dispatcher…People don’t usually come in to say hi or ask how our day’s going, something bad has happened in their life…you’ve got to have a dispatcher out there that is going to greet them with a smile and assure them things are going to be okay,” said the chief. He then announced that for the second year in a row that Maria Whigham was selected by her peers as the “Dispatcher of the Year.”Two volunteers from the community were also honored by Mathis for their help during the year. Donna Overstreet and James Ghetto received Certificates of Appreciation for Outstanding Service to the DDPS.Mayor Claudia Wigglesworth presented the “Mayor’s Medal Award” to Code Enforcement Officer, Lt. Wayne Stripling. “We have a code of ordinances in addition to regular laws…and they help us keep good order and discipline in our city,” said the mayor. “Wayne wears several hats in the city, though. Not only is he the code enforcement officer, he is also our flood plain manager, the administrative officer for the Planning Commission, all very active organizations.  He wears many hats and wears them all very well.”Wigglesworth presented city coins to each of the award winners.“Our department of public safety has 26 full-time people but if you  add in our volunteers, reserves, our EMT workers, firefighters, we’ve got about 70 people. Every single one of them was given a single vote to pick the police officer of the year, the firefighter of the year, the EMT of the year, Dispatcher of the Year,” said Department of Public Safety Chief Harvey Mathis. “Each had one vote. These are not ones I’ve randomly picked because I like a person.  These people are chosen because their peers recognize them as being the best in their position. I think it speaks a lot for these ones, it speaks very highly of them.”Sgt. Jason Myers was selected the “Police Officer of the Year.” Chief Mathis said Myers has not been with the department for long “but he has been an outstanding officer. In fact, as of the next pay period he will be Lt. Myers,” said Mathis. “He has done an outstanding job and demonstrated leadership and has proven beneficial to the city.”The “Reserve Officer of the Year” honor was given to Cpl. Chris Blocker. “Any time  we need something, all I have to do is call Chris. He will be there and round up the reserves,” said Mathis.  “Our department could not operate without our reserves. They are vital to our department…They do it all for free because they want to serve the public.”The fire department is made up of volunteers and Mathis said, “I don’t believe you will ever see an accident or fire without seeing Ken Smith there. He is always there, always getting the equipment ready for the next call-out. He is always the last one to leave the building and he is very essential to our city.” Smith was given the “Firefighter of the Year” award.The “Rescue Member of the Year” honor went to Gavin Cornish. Mathis said, “Gavin is a full-time solider (at Fort Rucker) and has made over 200 runs this year with our rescue squad. If Gavin’s not working, he’s out there (with the rescue unit). He is very proficient at what he does,” said Mathis.“Anytime you deal with the police department, the first person you will see or talk to in the police department is the dispatcher…People don’t usually come in to say hi or ask how our day’s going, something bad has happened in their life…you’ve got to have a dispatcher out there that is going to greet them with a smile and assure them things are going to be okay,” said the chief. He then announced that for the second year in a row that Maria Whigham was selected by her peers as the “Dispatcher of the Year.”Two volunteers from the community were also honored by Mathis for their help during the year. Donna Overstreet and James Ghetto received Certificates of Appreciation for Outstanding Service to the DDPS.Mayor Claudia Wigglesworth presented the “Mayor’s Medal Award” to Code Enforcement Officer, Lt. Wayne Stripling. “We have a code of ordinances in addition to regular laws…and they help us keep good order and discipline in our city,” said the mayor. “Wayne wears several hats in the city, though. Not only is he the code enforcement officer, he is also our flood plain manager, the administrative officer for the Planning Commission, all very active organizations.  He wears many hats and wears them all very well.”Wigglesworth presented city coins to each of the award winners.“Our department of public safety has 26 full-time people but if you  add in our volunteers, reserves, our EMT workers, firefighters, we’ve got about 70 people. Every single one of them was given a single vote to pick the police officer of the year, the firefighter of the year, the EMT of the year, Dispatcher of the Year,” said Department of Public Safety Chief Harvey Mathis. “Each had one vote. These are not ones I’ve randomly picked because I like a person.  These people are chosen because their peers recognize them as being the best in their position. I think it speaks a lot for these ones, it speaks very highly of them.”Sgt. Jason Myers was selected the “Police Officer of the Year.” Chief Mathis said Myers has not been with the department for long “but he has been an outstanding officer. In fact, as of the next pay period he will be Lt. Myers,” said Mathis. “He has done an outstanding job and demonstrated leadership and has proven beneficial to the city.”The “Reserve Officer of the Year” honor was given to Cpl. Chris Blocker. “Any time  we need something, all I have to do is call Chris. He will be there and round up the reserves,” said Mathis.  “Our department could not operate without our reserves. They are vital to our department…They do it all for free because they want to serve the public.”The fire department is made up of volunteers and Mathis said, “I don’t believe you will ever see an accident or fire without seeing Ken Smith there. He is always there, always getting the equipment ready for the next call-out. He is always the last one to leave the building and he is very essential to our city.” Smith was given the “Firefighter of the Year” award.The “Rescue Member of the Year” honor went to Gavin Cornish. Mathis said, “Gavin is a full-time solider (at Fort Rucker) and has made over 200 runs this year with our rescue squad. If Gavin’s not working, he’s out there (with the rescue unit). He is very proficient at what he does,” said Mathis.“Anytime you deal with the police department, the first person you will see or talk to in the police department is the dispatcher…People don’t usually come in to say hi or ask how our day’s going, something bad has happened in their life…you’ve got to have a dispatcher out there that is going to greet them with a smile and assure them things are going to be okay,” said the chief. He then announced that for the second year in a row that Maria Whigham was selected by her peers as the “Dispatcher of the Year.”Two volunteers from the community were also honored by Mathis for their help during the year. Donna Overstreet and James Ghetto received Certificates of Appreciation for Outstanding Service to the DDPS.Mayor Claudia Wigglesworth presented the “Mayor’s Medal Award” to Code Enforcement Officer, Lt. Wayne Stripling. “We have a code of ordinances in addition to regular laws…and they help us keep good order and discipline in our city,” said the mayor. “Wayne wears several hats in the city, though. Not only is he the code enforcement officer, he is also our flood plain manager, the administrative officer for the Planning Commission, all very active organizations.  He wears many hats and wears them all very well.”Wigglesworth presented city coins to each of the award winners.“Our department of public safety has 26 full-time people but if you  add in our volunteers, reserves, our EMT workers, firefighters, we’ve got about 70 people. Every single one of them was given a single vote to pick the police officer of the year, the firefighter of the year, the EMT of the year, Dispatcher of the Year,” said Department of Public Safety Chief Harvey Mathis. “Each had one vote. These are not ones I’ve randomly picked because I like a person.  These people are chosen because their peers recognize them as being the best in their position. I think it speaks a lot for these ones, it speaks very highly of them.”Sgt. Jason Myers was selected the “Police Officer of the Year.” Chief Mathis said Myers has not been with the department for long “but he has been an outstanding officer. In fact, as of the next pay period he will be Lt. Myers,” said Mathis. “He has done an outstanding job and demonstrated leadership and has proven beneficial to the city.”The “Reserve Officer of the Year” honor was given to Cpl. Chris Blocker. “Any time  we need something, all I have to do is call Chris. He will be there and round up the reserves,” said Mathis.  “Our department could not operate without our reserves. They are vital to our department…They do it all for free because they want to serve the public.”The fire department is made up of volunteers and Mathis said, “I don’t believe you will ever see an accident or fire without seeing Ken Smith there. He is always there, always getting the equipment ready for the next call-out. He is always the last one to leave the building and he is very essential to our city.” Smith was given the “Firefighter of the Year” award.The “Rescue Member of the Year” honor went to Gavin Cornish. Mathis said, “Gavin is a full-time solider (at Fort Rucker) and has made over 200 runs this year with our rescue squad. If Gavin’s not working, he’s out there (with the rescue unit). He is very proficient at what he does,” said Mathis.“Anytime you deal with the police department, the first person you will see or talk to in the police department is the dispatcher…People don’t usually come in to say hi or ask how our day’s going, something bad has happened in their life…you’ve got to have a dispatcher out there that is going to greet them with a smile and assure them things are going to be okay,” said the chief. He then announced that for the second year in a row that Maria Whigham was selected by her peers as the “Dispatcher of the Year.”Two volunteers from the community were also honored by Mathis for their help during the year. Donna Overstreet and James Ghetto received Certificates of Appreciation for Outstanding Service to the DDPS.Mayor Claudia Wigglesworth presented the “Mayor’s Medal Award” to Code Enforcement Officer, Lt. Wayne Stripling. “We have a code of ordinances in addition to regular laws…and they help us keep good order and discipline in our city,” said the mayor. “Wayne wears several hats in the city, though. Not only is he the code enforcement officer, he is also our flood plain manager, the administrative officer for the Planning Commission, all very active organizations.  He wears many hats and wears them all very well.”Wigglesworth presented city coins to each of the award winners.

 

Daleville Department of Public Safety Code Enforcement Officer, Lt. Wayne Stripling, left, received the Mayor’s Medal award during last week’s council meeting. In addition to the certificate, Mayor Claudia Wigglesworth, right,  presented him with city coins.

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