Chesapeake Rotary Club Recognizes Outstanding Public Safety Officers

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The Chesapeake Rotary Club recently held a Public Safety Officer Recognition luncheon ceremony recognizing the accomplishments of some of Chesapeake’s finest public safety officers. Outstanding officers from Chesapeake Fire Department, Police Department, Sheriff’s Office and the Va. State Police were honored. The following officers were recognized:

L to R:  Roland Davis, Police Chief Kelvin L. Wright, emcee and former Fire Chief Steve Best, John P. Cook, Capt. Chip Chappell, Sgt. Joshua Sawyer, Trooper Christoper Turner, Chesapeake Fire Chief Edmund E. Elliott, Va. State Police, Sergeant Havrilla, Firefighter Specialist Danny Ward, and Chesapeake Sheriff Jim O’Sullivan

L to R: Roland Davis, Police Chief Kelvin L. Wright, emcee and former Fire Chief Steve Best, John P. Cook, Capt. Chip Chappell, Sgt. Joshua Sawyer, Trooper Christoper Turner, Chesapeake Fire Chief Edmund E. Elliott, Va. State Police, Sergeant Havrilla, Firefighter Specialist Danny Ward, and Chesapeake Sheriff Jim O’Sullivan

Firefighter Specialist Daniel “Danny” Ward – Danny Ward received the Fire Department Public Safety Employee of the Year Award.  A proven leader and mentor, Firefighter Specialist Ward was recognized for his continuous efforts to improve service delivery to our citizens and serve as a positive role model for his fellow Firefighters.   A true “mentor” in every sense of the word, Danny is constantly striving to help new Firefighters learn the tough job of firefighting; not only the important skills of operating in a hostile environment, but also the most practical tips and tricks that a young Firefighter should know working as the part of team during a 24 hour shift.

Ward is described as an “enthusiastic” member of the Adventure Intervention Mentor Program (AIM). The AIM Program is an adventure-based counseling and education program intended for troubled juveniles who engage in fire-setting behavior as a way of coping with stress, anger, and sadness.  Through the AIM program, Firefighter mentors such as Ward work with these troubled youths and serve as positive role models.  Ward is known for staying in touch with program participants even after they graduate.

Firefighter Specialist Daniel Ward represents the very best of the Fire Service in general and Chesapeake in particular.

Fire Dept. Public Safety Employee of the Year, Firefighter Specialist Daniel “Danny” Ward and Fire Chief Edmund E. Elliott

Fire Dept. Public Safety Employee of the Year, Firefighter Specialist Daniel “Danny” Ward and Fire Chief Edmund E. Elliott

Field Training Officer John P. Cook – Field Training Officer John P. Cook was awarded the Police Department Public Safety Employee of the Year Award.  Officer Cook has consistently demonstrated an outstanding work ethic, performance, and positive attitude as a Field Training Officer in the Chesapeake Police Department.  Recognized as Officer of the Second Quarter and Officer of the Year in 2012, he is credited with an impressive work record.  And from a period of March to December 2012, he earned the Department’s Drug Enforcement Incentive Award, having made 24 drug arrests – 4 of which were felonies.  All of these accomplishments occurred while Officer Cook was training Police Recruits, leading by example and fostering a positive learning environment that underscores excellence in Police work.

Officer Cook’s professionalism and performance can only be matched by the care and compassion he has demonstrated to the citizens of our city.  On December 22, 2012, Officer Cook contacted Pastor Manley at Bethany Baptist Church, expressing a desire to make a donation to families in need at the Church for Christmas.  Pastor Manley connected Officer Cook to several families needing assistance.  Officer Cook and his father-in-law, using their own financial resources, purchased and assembled six bicycles, which he delivered in uniform to the surprise of the families and their children, which provided them with a Merry Christmas and no doubt a positive lasting impression of the Chesapeake Police Department.

Police Dept. Public Safety Employee of Year, Field Training Officer John P. Cook: Rotary President Roland Davis, Chesapeake Police Chief Kelvin L. Wright

Police Dept. Public Safety Employee of Year, Field Training Officer John P. Cook: Rotary President Roland Davis, Chesapeake Police Chief Kelvin L. Wright

Sergeant Joshua Sawyer–Sergeant Joshua Sawyer was awarded the Sheriff’s Department Public Safety Employee of the Year Award.  A member of the Chesapeake Sheriff’s Department since 1998, Sergeant Sawyer is consistently recognized by his Supervisors as a hard working Deputy that performs all duty assignments extremely well within the limits of the resources that are provided to him.

In April 2008 he became the first Deputy to be assigned to the Chesapeake Police Department’s Vice and Narcotics section.  As an Investigator, he participated in the execution of over 75 search warrants and garnered an impressive 95% conviction rate for charges stemming from those operations.

Perhaps no other event would demonstrate Sergeant Sawyer’s selfless dedication and commitment to Public Safety than a house fire that occurred in March, 2010 in the Deep Creek area of Chesapeake.  Sergeant Sawyer, who was off-duty and a neighbor discovered fire coming from a residence, with the family dog barking inside.  Working together, they forced their way through the front door of the structure to find heavy smoke and fire that was visible in the rear of the dwelling.  Disregarding their own safety, Sergeant Sawyer and the civilian neighbor entered the burning structure to search for possible victims trapped inside.  The dog was now silent as they searched the first floor through very heavy smoke and heat from the fire that was increasingly consuming the rear bedroom areas.  In spite of these conditions, they were able to complete their search of the first floor area and rescue the family dog, who was cared for until the owners of the home arrived.  As a result of his actions, Sergeant Sawyer received special recognition from the Mayor and City Council and awarded a Citizen’s Service Medal by the Fire Department.

Sheriff Dept. Public Safety Employee of the Year, Sergeant Joshua Sawyer and Sheriff Jim O’Sullivan

Sheriff Dept. Public Safety Employee of the Year, Sergeant Joshua Sawyer and Sheriff Jim O’Sullivan

Trooper Christopher R. Turner–Trooper Christopher R. Turner was awarded the Virginia State Police Public Safety Employee of the Year Award.  Trooper Turner is tasked with the enforcement and promotion of highway safety in Division Five Area 47 which consists of the cities of Chesapeake, Portsmouth and Suffolk.  His duties include the enforcement of all traffic and Driving under the Influence laws, crash investigations, criminal investigations, Sex Offender Registration, and maintaining Public Liaison with other agencies.  Trooper Turner has demonstrated excellence in performing his duties and has been recognized by his superiors as embodying dedication and commitment to the Department and citizens.

Recognized for his strong work ethic and willingness to go the extra distance to help citizens and co-workers, Trooper Turner meets each new challenge with dedication and zeal.  He has conducted many public safety presentations for area schools and other groups within the community and is noted as a strong advocate against driving under the influence and texting while driving.  Trooper Turner is an outstanding and truly valuable asset to the Department of State Police.

Va. State Police Public Safety Employee of the Year, Trooper Christopher R. Turner, Roland Davis and Va. State Police Sergeant Havrilla.

Va. State Police Public Safety Employee of the Year, Trooper Christopher R. Turner, Roland Davis and Va. State Police Sergeant Havrilla.

Emcee and former Chesapeake Fire Chief, Steve Best

Emcee and former Chesapeake Fire Chief, Steve Best

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