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The Shawnee News-Star
  • Andrew Terry named Shawnee's 2013 Officer of the Year

  • Tuesday night’s Shawnee Police Foundation benefit dinner blended the humorous side of “The Mayberry Deputy,” along with the seriousness and honor of numerous police awards, including the coveted Officer of the Year award for 2013.
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  • Tuesday night’s Shawnee Police Foundation benefit dinner blended the humorous side of “The Mayberry Deputy,” along with the seriousness and honor of numerous police awards, including the coveted Officer of the Year award for 2013.
    Cpl. Andrew Terry, a Shawnee police officer since 2008, was named the department’s Officer the Year.
    Terry, assigned to the Uniform Patrol Division, works the midnight shift and is active in enforcement of illegal drug offenders, which earned him the “Shark Award” for drug enforcement in 2012. He is also a field training officer and commander of the Department’s Honor/Color guard.
    Terry, who said he knew from a young age that he wanted to grow up to become a police officer, said he was surprised and humbled by the award as he received many congratulations.
    “Thanks for the support,” he said.
    Terry is active in the community and often meets with elementary students in local schools about the importance of seat belt safety and how to call police in emergencies. He volunteered in search and rescue efforts while off-duty following the May 19, 2013 tornado in Shawnee and also volunteered the next day when tornadoes hit Moore.
    “His leadership, whether at work or off to the Shawnee community and it is citizens is exemplary,” the award citation reads.
    Also in 2013, Terry was recognized for going above and beyond in helping a fellow Shawnee police officer and his family when that officer’s 2-year-old daughter was diagnosed with cancer. Terry coordinated numerous fundraisers locally and across the state to assist the family with medical costs.
    Now that her cancer treatment is over, a special award was presented to Princess Rylie Hughey, the daughter of Shawnee Officer Kevin Hughey and his wife, Bridget. Rylie received a tiara for defeating an evil villain, cancer.
    The citation reads that Princess Rylie was being promoted to the rank of Super Hero First Class. It was the first of many awards to kick off the evening.
    Helping Chief Russell Frantz present awards was David Browning. For the entertainment portion of this year’s banquet, Browning, a humorist actor, presented his one-man show, “The Mayberry Deputy,” which is a bridge between The Andy Griffith Show and today.
    As an impersonator, Browning used costuming, gestures, facial expressions, and even some audience participation to bring out the flavor of Mayberry characters as told through his stories.
    Before that, Browning made his way through the banquet room to visit with more than 200 in attendance before having a segment that left the crowd laughing. And even during the awards, Browning would slip in and out of character as he helped present awards.
    Page 2 of 2 - While out of character, he spoke to the crowd about having respect for the law enforcement community, calling their profession a “high-calling” and commending the officers for their hard work.
    Numerous other awards were presented to police officers, civilians and volunteers.
    For an update on all the awards and honorees, see an update in Thursday’s News-Star. Photos from Tuesday’s night’s banquet also will be posted online soon at www.news-star.com.
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