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2007 Awards Banquet

At the 2007 awards banquet held at the Old Town Banquet Center in Valparaiso, nearly two dozen Merit and Jail Officers were recognized for outstanding performance during the year.

US Representative Pete Visclosky was at the event and handed each officer a personalized letter of congratulations. 

The evening would not have been possible without the contributions made by our sponsors.


Sheriff David Lain



2007 Awards

Officer Jeremy Chavez

For Performance above and beyond duties in providing comfort, aid, and compassion to stranded motorists on June 13, 2007

Jailer Barry Cook

For outstanding Performance in locating Narcotics and Contraband on an inmate on January 19, 2007

Matthew Edwards & Bandit

Two Canine apprehensions during the same shift of a Battery suspect and Hit & Run Driver of a personal injury crash on July 09, 2007

Officer Matt Edwards,

Officer Meredith Brockman & Officer Jason Praschak

Life Saving Award for actions on April 4th 2007 of a suicidal person. With the officers quick response prevented certain death of subject.

Jail Lt. Mary Gaydos

For Exemplary Performance leading to the discovery and resulting in criminal charges for Dealing Cocaine on July 18, 2007

Sgt. Gary Gear &

Officer Lawrence Laflower

For outstanding job performance leading to recovery of stolen property and arrest on November 7, 2007

Officer Brian Gill & Sgt. Timothy Emmons

For responding to a 911 hang up call and locating and rendering aid to a female subject who had overdosed on November 15, 2007

Officer Kirk Hazen

For Exemplary Job Performance in resolving an internet threats case on January 9, 2007

Officer Darryl Henson

For Outstanding Job Performance in follow-up investigation that led to a criminal arrest on August 17, 2007

Det. Gene Hopkins &

Det. Eric Jones

For Exemplary Performance during the investigation and arrest of the Porter County drive by shootings in November 2007

Det. Andrew Hrivnak

For Dedication and Perseverance during the investigation and arrests of the September 2007 Union Township Home Invasion

Lt. Stephen Jenkins

For Outstanding Performance in de-escalating a High Risk suicidal incident on August 17, 2007

Cpl. Jesse Klemz

For outstanding performance in de-escalating a high risk suicidal incident on August 6, 2007

Cpl. Steven Rose

For Performing Life Saving measures on a Heart Attack victim on November 18, 2007

Cpl. Steven Rose & Officer Darryl Henson

For Outstanding Job Performance in the investigation and apprehension of a theft suspect on October 26, 2007

Officer Kevin Vankley

For Performing Life Saving measures on a Heart Attack victim on July 8, 2007

Jail Lt. Dustin Widup

For Dedication to duties during property inventory and follow-up leading to the discovery of stolen property on March 5, 2007


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