Rock County Sheriff's Office holds awards ceremony

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JANESVILLE - Rock County Sheriff's Office employees and citizens were honored during the 12th Annual Rock County Sheriff's Office Awards Ceremony held Tuesday at the Rock County Courthouse.

Those honored included:

Deputy of the Year

• Deputy Maria Amador became a Rock County Sheriff's Office Deputy Sheriff in February 2013. She previously held positions as a Public Safety Utility Clerk (2007), Administrative Assistant (2007-2012), and Correctional Officer (2012-2013). Last year, she won a Lifesaving Award for administering Narcan and performing CPR on an unresponsive female.

Correctional Officer of the Year

• Correctional Officer Daniel Banks started at the Rock County Sheriff's Office in December 2008. He graduated from the Jail Academy on April 13, 2009. He is a Jail Training Officer responsible for training new officers. He is a member of the Correctional Emergency Response Team (CERT) charged with responding to disputes in the jail and the Hostage Negotiation Team along with the SWAT Team.

Civilian Employee of the Year

• Secretary I Nicole Barrington started at the Rock County Sheriff's Office in July of 2015. She is assigned to the Training Bureau providing support to the Training Coordinator. She assists with deputy sheriff and correctional officer recruitment, applicant testing and interviews.

Retired Sheriffs Leadership Award

• Sergeant Doug Coulter started at the Sheriff's Office as a Correctional Officer in June 1990. He became a Deputy Sheriff in June 1994. He served the next 17 years as a Deputy Sheriff receiving numerous letters of accommodation. He has taught Police Recruits at Blackhawk Technical College and has been actively involved in inservice training.

Citizen Award

• Korey L. Statton saw smoke coming from a neighbor's home in Plymouth Township on Dec. 13, 2018. The homeowner was in a wheelchair and was unable to escape from her home. Statton heard her call for help and he was able to get her outside to safety away from the now smoke filled and partially fire-engulfed residence.

Lifesaving Awards

• Deputy Zachary Anacker was dispatched to a traffic crash in the Town of Rock on March 3, 2018. He found a male subject who had been ejected from the vehicle and began CPR. After a short period, the subject started to breathe on his own. EMS arrived and transported the subject to the hospital where he fully recovered.

• Deputy Anthony Barr was off duty on June 9, 2018, and was attending a NASCAR Xfinity Series Race in Brooklyn, Michigan, when a fan in the stands began experiencing a medical emergency. Barr, along with an off-duty paramedic, started CPR until they were relieved by a doctor who was also attending the event. Due to their efforts, the male subject started to breathe on his own. The subject fully recovered.

• Sgt. Kimberly Litsheim, Dep. Michael Schauer, Dep. Mark Johns and Dep. Chris Lochner all responded to assist in the apprehension of a wanted subject on Dec. 28, 2018. The subject abandoned the vehicle and fled on foot while he was armed with a knife. He suffered a self-inflicted knife wound before he was subdued. Deputies treated the wound until EMS arrived.

• Deputy Lee Jackson was tracking a cell phone of a subject who apparently suicidal on Sept. 16, 2018. The subject had slashed wrists and had threatened to ram the sheriff's office squad car.

The subject made contact with Jackson's squad car and eventually both vehicles went into the ditch. The subject was taken into custody and EMS was able to transport the subject to a local hospital where treatment was treated received for the self-inflicted wounds.

Community Service Awards

• Jason O'Connor is the Rock County Education and Criminal Addiction Program (RECAP) Site Supervisor. In 2018, due to limited availability of garden volunteers, O'Connor handled the day-to-day operations and put in many extra hours preparing, maintaining and harvesting in the RECAP Garden alongside RECAP participants. O'Connor was able to oversee the garden operations while still maintaining his regular duties and responsibilities throughout the year.

• Erika Bemrich is an employee of Blackhawk Technical College, and has been the lead educational instructor for the Rock County Education and Criminal Addiction Program (RECAP) since August of 2012. In 2018, the RECAP Program partnered with the Southwest Workforce Development Board and Blackhawk Technical College's Advanced Manufacturing Training Center to bring the first of its kind Accelerated Machine Operator's Course to Blackhawk's Milton Campus.

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