BY NANCY GAGNET | MIRROR REPORTER — Several men and women in blue were honored last week during the 27th annual Law Enforcement Apprecia-tion and Awards Banquet, which took place on February 6 at The Pinnacle in Maumee.
In addition to police officers and their families on hand, several city staff, elected officials and members of the citizens’ police academy also attended the event.
Maumee Police Sgt. Josh Sprow thanked those in attendance, especially the city administration, for continually supporting the department. He recognized officers who have died in the line of duty and held a moment of silence for dispatcher Rob Bunce, who recently passed away. He also thanked former Police Chief Jim MacDonald and newly named Chief David Tullis for their leadership.
“Having an administration with a vision of connecting the citizens with the police department is one of the many reasons Maumee is a great community to raise a family,” said Sprow.
While several officers were honored for safe driving and honorable service, the evening’s biggest award was presented to patrol officer Travis Brewer, who was named Officer of the Year. As the most prestigious honor offered in the department, the award is presented to an officer who has displayed exemplary service to the department and to the community, Sprow said.
“It is an honest assessment of the officer’s ability to excel in his or her profession when compared to the performance of his or her colleagues,” he said.
Three co-workers nominated Brewer for the award, citing his professionalism and strong work ethic. Brewer extended his appreciation to his coworkers and to his family, especially his wife Emily, for her love and support.
“It has truly been an honor and a privilege to serve this great community and I look forward to serving for many more years,” he said.
Tullis promised his fellow officers that he would “have their back” while maintaining the environment needed to be the very best police officers possible.
“Tonight, we honor the best. I look forward to working with each of you in making our police and dispatch operation a model for others,” he said.
In addition to the Officer of the Year, the following awards were presented at the ceremony:
• Citizen Commendations – Michael Szekely, John Yeager, Jenna Yeager, Pete Kolasinski, Tom Killen and Jessica Wyse.
• Class B Commendation: patrol officer Andy King.
• Five-Year Safe Driving Award: patrol officers Andy King, Billy Pollock and Travis Brewer.
• Ten-Year Safe Driving Award: patrol officers Greg Kuhlman and Andy Pollauf.
• 15-Year Safe Driving Award: Sgt. Josh Sprow and patrol officer Loren Boos.
• 20-Year Safe Driving Award: Sgts. Jon Warden and Rob York.
• 25-Year Safe Driving Award: patrol officer Derek Sanderson.
• 30-Year Safe Driving Award: Sgt. Steve Crowe.
• Five-Year Honorable Service Award: patrol officers Brian Hill, Andy King, Billy Pollock and Travis Brewer.
• Ten-Year Honorable Service Award: patrol officers Greg Kuhlman and Andy Pollauf.
• 15-Year Honorable Service Award: dispatcher Tina Beadle.
• 20-Year Honorable Service Award: Sgt. Jon Warden.
• 25-Year Honorable Service Award: patrol officers Brian Walczak and Derek Sanderson.
• 30-Year Honorable Service Award: patrol officer Roger Kline.
• Life Saving Award: patrol officers Tim Roberts, Brian Hill, Caroline Hoover, Bryan Fritz and Jerry Robinson.