The Bellefontaine Police Department hosted its First Annual Awards Ceremony at the Fraternal Order of Eagles downtown Thursday.
The banquet was spearheaded by Police Chief Brandon Standley to honor the outstanding efforts of fellow officers over the last two decades.
(Pictured, left to right: Chief Brandon Standley, Detective Dwight Salyer, Officer Blake Kenner, Retired Officer Jim Tetirick, Sergeant Rick Herring, Officer Craig Comstock, Detective Scott Sebring, and Lieutenant Ron Birt.)
Retired officer James Tetirick gave a keynote speech, praising the department for their work 365 days a year.
Tetirick was presented with a Lifesaving Award. He performed CPR on a baby at a gas station in 1996.
Veteran officer Blake Kenner was given a Special Commendation and received two Medals of Merit.
Detectives Scott Sebring and Dwight Salyer along with officers Craig Comstock and Rick Herring each earned a Medal of Merit.
Sergeant Herring, officer Randy Knox, and dispatcher Kim Rhoads were members of the awards committee, which helped Chief Standley with the nomination process.
The Logan County Veterans Honor Guard presented colors and Pastor Craig Howie gave the benediction.
Law enforcement officials and community leaders enjoyed a catered meal following the awards presentation.
Listen to Bellefontaine Police Chief Brandon Standley reflect on the ceremony.
Several community partners helped with the ceremony, including Dwight Salyer Photography, Fraternal Order of Police, Fraternal Order of Eagles, Grand Rental Station, Veterans of Foreign Wars, Logan County Veterans Honor Guard, American Legion Post 173, Belle Printing, Liberty National Bank, and Floral Designs by Gretchen.