The Loudoun County Sheriff's Office held their 2015 Awards and Recognition Ceremony Friday, Feb. 19 to recognize the day-to-day efforts of members of the agency for their service and dedication to the community.
This year's awards also recognized representatives from numerous local law enforcement agencies, the Office of the Loudoun Commonwealth's Attorney and several civilians who helped someone in need.
The awards and recognition program, held this year in the School Board Meeting Room of the Loudoun County Public Schools Administration Building, allows members of the agency to nominate their co-workers, partners in law enforcement, and citizens for efforts that often go unrecognized. The nominations are then reviewed by an awards committee.
The awarded categories for this year included the Meritorious Service Award, the Meritorious Action Award, the Sheriff's Excellence Award, the Commendation Award, the Distinguished Training Officer Award and the Master Deputy Program Achievement Award.
The Meritorious Service Award which recognizes performance by a member within the scope of normal responsibilities, but performed in such a manner as to deserve special recognition was given to four recipients including: Detective Nicholas Altom, Investigator Julian Berger, III, Deputy Joseph Hacay and Deputy First Class Daniel Martynowicz.
The Sheriff's Excellence Award was presented to Sergeant Kenneth Dondero. The award recognizes senior, civilian, supervisors and senior, front line, sworn supervisors for superior job knowledge, devotion to duty, and dedication to the community and the agency.
Master Deputy Shannon Coderre was honored with the Master Deputy Program Achievement Award. This award recognizes deputies with the Master Deputy Program for superior job knowledge, devotion to duty specifically related to career path, dedication to those they serve, and loyalty to the Sheriff's Office.
Deputy First Class Paul Morin was honored with the Distinguished Training Officer Award which recognizes Training Officers who consistently demonstrate distinguished performance in the area of training within their respective division.
The Meritorious Action Award recognizes an individual, or team of individuals, who have demonstrated exemplary action in response to a specific situation of an emergency nature, or as part of a routine event, where the member's exceptional performance merits special recognition.
Recipients included: Deputy Eric Turner, Deputy First Class Joshua Colburn, Deputy First Class Matthew Steinfurth, Deputy Jillian Brock, Deputy Michael Ramirez, Deputy Jeffry Rima, Sergeant Nathan Zilke, Deputy Evelin Valladares, Deputy Harry Elliott, Johnique Moseley, LPN, Yvonne Savala, RN, Sergeant Dylan Foscato, Deputy First Class Derrick Franz, Sergeant Brett Phillips, Sergeant Gregory Rogers, Deputy First Class Casey Johnson, Deputy First Class Joseph Gass, Master Deputy Richard Garis, and Loudoun County Public School teachers: Mrs. Linda Merola, Mrs. Jennifer Piccolonmini, Mrs. Christina Karmara, Mrs. Mary Hummer, Senior Deputy Amy Harper and resident Mr. Rick Allison, Sergeant Jeffrey Haig, Master Deputy Francis Trinh, Deputy First Class Donovan Reid, Deputy First Class Edward O.Toole, Master Deputy Charles Rounds, Deputy First Class Aaron Taylor, Deputy First Class Dawn Taylor, Deputy First Class Chad Braun, Dispatcher Christopher McDonald, Deputy First Class Dustin Moon, Deputy James Maguire, Deputy Ruben Cardenas, Deputy Jeffry Rima, Deputy Jillian Brock, Deputy Joshua Edney, Detective Steven Schochet, Detective Tonmy Rodriguez and Special Agent Eric Vega, Virginia State Police.
The Commendation Award is awarded by the Sheriff to any individual or team of individuals, for an act that materially contributes to the accomplishment of Sheriff's office goals or for an act that warrants special recognition in the public interest.
Recipients of this award are: Deputy First Class Robert Heller, Sergeant Jay Conner, Deputy Ruben Cardenas, Deputy Jesus Diaz, Deputy Jillian Brock, Virginia State Troopers Rolando Curiel and Enzo A. Diaz, Deputy First Class Dawn Taylor, Detective Michael Hall, Sergeant Jeffrey Lockhart, Sergeant Michael Beatty, Detective Larry â€œRobâ€ Reed, Detective Jeffrey Tyler Brown, Deputy First Class Victor Lopreto, Mrs. Jacqueline Gallman, Detective Dana Cresswell, Detective Elissa Wilk, Detective Patrick Beaver, Detective Jeffrey Cichocki, Detective Justin Oksanen, Detective Corinne Czekaj, Sergeant Sara Tresselt (Posthumous), Sergeant Kevin Tucker, Detective Paul Loconti, Detective Christopher Staub, Detective Jenna Sullivan, Detective Timothy Lambert, Detective Christopher Salter, Detective Thomas Mengel, Detective Duane Rosa, Deputy First Class William Sullivan, Lieutenant Jamie Sanford (Leesburg Police Department), Sergeant Douglas Duhl, Deputy First Class Matthew Vess, Deputy First Class Kristopher Dawson, Deputy Joshua Carter, Detective Ron Colantonio, Deputy Sean McCormack, Deputy Eric Turner, and Assistant Commonwealth Attorney's Amy McMullen and Eric Pohlner and members of the Northern Virginia Gang Task Force.