The Oklahoma Sheriff’s Association over the weekend named Pottawatomie County Sheriff Mike Booth the state’s Sheriff of the Year, while two of Booth’s deputies also were honored, including one named Deputy of the Year.
Deputy Mark Kosemund was named Deputy of the Year, while Deputy Anthony Lee received one of seven state recognition awards.
The awards were presented at the OSA’s awards banquet in Midwest City.
Booth, who knew Kosemund and Lee were to be honored, was surprised when he was named Sheriff of the Year.
“I was shocked,” he said, adding that he wondered why everyone was keeping him from mingling in the crowd before the banquet.
That’s because Undersheriff Travis Palmer, and others from the sheriff’s office, had been planning the surprise and managed to get many of Booth’s family members there for the event, so they all stayed out of sight until the big announcement.
Booth, who said it was a special night, was amazed when he was called to the stage, then heard a “Way to go, dad,” comment from another area of the banquet room, he said, where he looked saw his daughter.
He didn’t even know she was there and later found out many of his family members were there as well.
Honored by the award, Booth said he’s also proud of Kosemund and Lee.
Also at the banquet, the OSA presented Sheriff’s Cross medals to the families of four fallen Oklahoma deputies killed in the line of duty in 2011.
Among them were the families of Mike Roberts and Tim Lowry, two Pottawatomie County reserve deputies killed in September when their patrol car collided with a tractor-trailer rig on SH 39 near Asher.