Lake County Sheriff's Office presents awards for going beyond duty

LAKE COUNTY — It takes a special person to respond to emergency situations — to act quickly with strength, intelligence and a strong sense of duty.

On Oct. 22, the Lake County Sheriff's office recognized deputies who have gone above and beyond the call of duty during its annual LCSO Award Ceremony.

Lake County Sheriff Rich Martin said recipients of the annual ceremony earn the "utmost respect of fellow colleagues and staff" and set the example for "what the entire community's perception is of the LCSO."

"Our deputies are second to none, and raise the bar when it comes to dedication and professionalism," Martin said. "Your hard work is greatly appreciated and I am honored and proud to present these awards. Congratulations to our great team"

The awards were presented to the following deputies responding to the following incidents during 2020:

• Dep. Mike Ashker and Dep. T.J. Keena received a Meritorious Service Award for their actions on-scene during a personal injury accident involving a one-year-old child.

• Sgt. Ron Bullis and Dpt. Keena received a Meritorious Service Award for solving and arresting a suspect involved in 13 breaking and enterings.

• Dep. James Buscaino received a Baby Delivery Citation for delivering a child prior to EMS arriving. He also received a Life-Saving Award for administering CPR on a male who collapsed in a restaurant parking lot, while Buscaino was off-duty. He also received a 5-year Safe Driving Award.

• Sgt. Bob Meyers and Dpt. Lyndsey CheLbana received a Life-Saving Award for their efforts in saving a suicidal 16-year-old female during a suicide attempt. They were assisted by Department of Natural Resources Conservation Officer Josiah Killingbeck.

• Sgt. Bullis, Dep. Keena, Sgt. Meyers, Det. Lt. Brad Nixon, Chief Dep. Chad Hurrle, and Intern Kyle Hickman received the Sheriff's Unit Citation for the combined efforts in solving a store breaking and entering within 3-hours of the call.

• Sgt. Bullis received the 2020 Officer of the Year award for the road patrol.

• Dpt. Lance Howe received the 2020 Officer of the Year award for corrections.

• Cpl. Brad Spencer (retired) received the 2020 Officer of the Year award for command.

• Reserve Lt. Nick Lanning received the 2020 Officer of the Year award for the reserve division.