BY NANCY GAGNET | MIRROR REPORTER — Maumee’s men and woman in blue were honored last week during the 26th annual Law Enforcement Appreciation and Awards Banquet. The event, which took place on February 13 at the Maumee Elks, honored officers with honorable and distinguished service records, perfect driving records and other achievements. The evening’s highest award was presented to police detective Andrew Pollauf, who was named 2017 Officer of the Year. Pollauf’s supervisor, Sgt. Jon Warden, and his co-worker, detective Jillian Elliott, nominated him for the award. Citing his many accomplishments in the department and describing him as an officer who is “motivated by the desire to do the right thing,” both officers said Pollauf is worthy of the award. Pollauf joined the Maumee department in 2008 and spent six years on road patrol before moving to the detective bureau. “We have so many great people who work at this police department and to be recognized by everybody is truly an honor and I’m truly humbled by that,” Pollauf said. Officer Derek Sanderson received the Medal of Distinguished Service for his work as a school resource officer at Gateway Middle School, and officer Jake Beck received the Life Saving Award for his effort in saving an individual attending a wedding reception at Parkway Place. The Chief’s Achievement Award was presented to Sgt. Mike Love and officer Jake Beck. Love, who joined the Maumee police department in 2007, is credited with outstanding service to the department and community, said Maumee Police Chief Jim MacDonald. “Officer Love has always maintained a positive image of himself and the division by his knowledge, work ethic, dedication and integrity,” MacDonald said. Beck joined the department in 2007. He has received several awards and commendations and has also served the division honorably, the chief said. “Jake really has always maintained a positive image of himself and for the PD,” he said. “Thank you both. I’m very proud of your work.” Maumee Municipal Court Judge Dan Hazard, city administrator and Safety Director John Jezak, several members of Maumee City Council and Maumee Mayor Richard Carr also attended the banquet. Mayor Carr said the officers in Maumee go above and beyond the call of duty every day. “You never know when you are going to make a positive impression,” said Carr. “We are very grateful for the positive representation of our community that you give and for your professionalism every day.” The following awards were presented during the event: 10-Year Safe Driving: Sgt. Mike Love, Ptl. Jake Beck, Ptl. Corey Scharer. 15-Year Safe Driving: Ptl. Paul LaPlante, Ptl. Scott Russell, Ptl. Jason Lohner, Ptl. Kelly Russell. 30-Year Safe Driving: Lt. Dave Tullis, Ptl. Pat Sullivan, Ptl. Roger Kline. 10-Year Honorable Service: Sgt. Mike Love, Ptl. Jake Beck, Ptl. Corey Scharer. 15-Year Honorable Service: Ptl. Paul LaPlante, Ptl. Scott Russell, dispatcher Mike Powell, secretary Amy Clocksin, Sgt. Josh Sprow. 20-Year Honorable Service: Sgt. Rob York. 30-Year Honorable Service: Ptl. Pat Sullivan, Sgt. Steven Crowe. Medal of Distinguished Service: Ptl. Derek Sanderson. Life Saving Award: Ptl. Jake Beck. Chief’s Achievement Award: Sgt. Mike Love, Ptl. Jake Beck. Officer of the Year: Ptl. Andrew Pollauf.