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The Shawnee News-Star
  • Local deputies honored

  • The Oklahoma Sheriff's Association recently honored several deputies from the Pottawatomie County Sheriff's Office, including naming one as Deputy of the Year.
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  • The Oklahoma Sheriff’s Association recently honored several deputies from the Pottawatomie County Sheriff’s Office, including naming one as Deputy of the Year.
    The awards were presented at the association’s annual conference, which was held in Midwest City.
    During the ceremony, Lt. Jimmy Brewer was named Deputy of the Year.
    Deputy Jason Holasek received a Medal of Valor award for his efforts to help save a trooper when the plane he was piloting crashed in Pottawatomie County during a manhunt.
    Lt. Travis Sullivan and Reserve Deputy Mike Massey received special recognition awards for going “above and beyond” their normal duties on a regular basis, Booth said.
    A civilian, Saint Louis area business owner Mick Goodnight, was presented a Commendation award for outstanding support of the Pottawatomie County Sheriff’s Office, including providing equipment, Booth said.
    Along with those awards, Deputy Jon Arnett was honored with the top shooter award for the 2014 annual firearms competition, the sheriff said.
    Booth, who praised all those honored, said Brewer, who is the department’s reserve academy coordinator, was recognized as Deputy of the Year for his many efforts this past year, including bring to a peaceful resolution a standoff situation and his work on two homicide investigations.
    “He gives 110 percent,” Booth said.
    “It’s a great honor to be voted deputy of the year, however everyone should know that it is a complete team effort in Pottawatomie County,” Brewer said. “Every deputy, officer, firefighter, dispatcher and paramedic deserves an award for their hard work and long hours they provide for the citizens of Pottawatomie County.”
    During the conference, Booth also was elected to serve as the 1st Vice-President of the OSA for 2014-15.
    Booth, who has been sheriff for six years, said the OSA has recognized many Pottawatomie County deputies for their hard work in recent years.
    During his time in office, Booth has seen many from his staff honored by the OSA, including four deputies of the year, five reserve deputies of the year, seven deputies who have received special recognition awards, two who were honored with Medals of Valor and one with a lifesaving award.
    “It shows the citizens of Pottawatomie County that they are dedicated professionals who do the best job they can,” Booth said.

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