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May 16, 2008

Plainfield police honored

PLAINFIELD — Police officials here took time to honor their officers with an awards ceremony and gala Thursday evening at Duke Energy.

The awards ceremony is held each year in conjunction with National Police Week.

Plainfield Police Capt. Darel Krieger explained that in 1962, President John F. Kennedy proclaimed May 15 as Police Officers Memorial Day.

“But I don’t want to call this a memorial, but rather a gala,” Police Chief Jeff Mitny said.

Hendricks Supreme Court IV Judge Mark Smith served as the guest speaker and started the program by thanking the officers for their hard work and commitment to serving the community of Plainfield.

“I have observed situations where you have been yelled at, or you’ve been bitten, or you’ve been stabbed, or you’ve been shoved, pushed, threatened, intimidated,” Smith said.

He said he watches as the officers take that in stride and attempt to resolve a situation.

Both Mitny and Krieger, along with Capt. Carrie Weber, presented officers with various awards.

Many of the officers received safe driver awards, while Chad Parks and Brad Elston received the Extra Mile Award, Betty Pound received the Unsung Hero Award, Elston and Doug Schnarr received their 10-Year Service Pin, and Mitny received his 20-Year Service Pin.

Additional awards presented included:

n Bronze Stars — Elston, Paul Williams, Jeremy Harris, Javier Casas, and Shawn Gruca.

n Letters of Commendation — Harris, John Endsley, Mike Mason, Scott Poston, Chris Duffer, Todd Knowles, Caleb Gibbons, Nathan Nolin, Gregg Bergesen, Jason Calloway, Alyson Ritter, Leon Champine, Kyle Prewitt, Casas, Brian Stewart, and Matt Murray.

n Impaired Driving Enforcement Award — Poston.

n Reserve Officer of the Year — Bruce Felix.

n Top Gun Award — Murray with first place, Chris Cutshaw with second, Gary Tanner with third, Gibbons with fourth, and Calloway with fifth.

The last award of the evening was the presentation of the Top Cop Award for 2007. Krieger said the recipient of that award is chosen by their peers.

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