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Pierce County Sheriff’s Department awards

Post by Cole Cosgrove on April 3, 2010 at 3:30 pm |
April 3, 2010 3:40 pm

The Pierce County Sheriff’s Department had its annual awards ceremony Thursday. You can read that story here.

Here’s the full list of those who were honored, as provided by the Sheriff’s Department:

Lakewood fallen officers

Medal of Merit

Chief Rick Adamson
Bureau Chief Rick Adamson demonstrated meritorious service through his professionalism, organizational and operation skills as the incident commander for the Lakewood officers homicide scene. His incident command skills resulted in numerous agency resources being marshaled for a swift and thorough investigation and the identification of those involved.

Capt. Brent Bomkamp
Bomkamp demonstrated meritorious service through his professionalism, investigative skills, management and organizational capabilities while directing his vvast team of detectives, forensics investigators and coordinating with outside agencies.

Detective Sgt. Tim Kobel
Detective Lynelle Anderson
Kobel and Anderson demonstrated meritorious services through their professionalism, superior investigative and interviewing skills, which resulted in the identification of the Lakewood officers homicide suspect and co-conspirators.

Detective Sgt. Michael Portman, forensic manager Steve Wilkins and forensic investigators Adam Anderson, Loree Barnett, Mary Lou Hanson-O’Brien, Steven Mell

Portman, Wilkins, Anderson, Barnett, Hanson-O’Brien and Mell demonstrated meritorious service through their professionalism, investigative skills and personal fortitude, processing the crime scene of the Lakewood officers homicide.

Deputy Kent Mundell

Medal of Valor

Deputy Walter Kent Mundell Jr.
Mundell distinguished himself through a conspicuous act of heroism above and beyond the call of duty for his actions during a domestic call on Dec. 21, 2009. Mundell engaged the armed suspect after his partner had been wounded and the suspect opened fire upon him. Mundell stopped the suspect and through his actions saved the lives of his partner and three others in the house. His actions were in the finest traditions of the Pierce County Sheriff’s Department.

Sgt. Nick Hausner
Hausner distinguished himself through a conspicuous act of heroism above and beyond the call of duty for his actions during a domestic call on Dec. 21, 2009. Hausner, while seriously wounded by gunfire, was able to summon backup and medical aid for his partner, who had been grievously wounded. Hausner moved to assist his partner with no regard for his personal safety. His actions were in the finest traditions of the Pierce County Sheriff’s Department.

Lifeline Award

Deputy Walter Kent Mundell Jr.
Mundell, while responding to a domestic violence call, was confronted with an armed suspect who opened fire upon his partner. Mundell responded courageously and wtih force, inflicting grievous bodily harm to the suspect, stopping the suspect’s advance. Mundell received several wounds from gunfire, which ultimately resulted in his death. Mundell’s selfless actions were within the highest traditions of the Pierce County Sheriff’s Department.

Sgt. Nick Hausner
Hausner, while on duty in the Mountain Detachment, was seriously wounded by gunfire during a domestic violence response. Hausner, though wounded, was able to summon aid for his partner and himself.

Life Saving Award

Sgt. Frank Clark

Clark working with paramedics, performed CPR on deputy Kent Mundell, allowin paramedics to concentrate on Mundell’s injuries. Clark’s assistance allowed paramedics time to prepare Mundell for transport and ensured he survived the crime scene.

Medal of Merit

Sgt. Mike Blair
Blair demonstrated meritorious service through his professionalism and compassion as a family liaison to the Kent Mundell family. Blair was a tireless and selfless link between the Mundell family, medical personnel, friends, department members and the outside world.

Deputy Kevin Fries
Fries demonstrated meritorious service through his professionalism and compassion as a family liaison to the Kent Mundell family. Fries was a tireless and selfless link between the Mundell family, medical personnel, friends, department members and the outside world.

Detective Jason Tate
Tate demonstrated meritorious service through his professionalism and compassion as a family liaison to the Kent Mundell family. Tate was at tireless and selfless link between the Mundell family, medical personnel, friends, department members and the outside world.

Detective Ed Troyer
Troyer demonstrated meritorious service through his professionalism and tireless service during the Lakewood officers homicide investigation and deputy Kent Mundell. Troyer was the face of the Sheriff’s Department nationally.

Team Medal of Merit

Honor Guard

Sgt. David Perry, deputy Buddy Mahlum, deputy Dennis Robinson, Corrections deputies Julie McArthur, Todd Klemme, Jon Blind, John Lyon and Rob Miller demonstrated meritorious service through their professionalism and pride in representing the department as our honor guard.

In Appreciation

The following people were instrumental in the preparation and coordination of the Deputy Kent Mundell memorial: Tom Miner, Curt Beaupre, Cliff McCollum, Dani Geissinger, Gary Roberts, Bob Bartro, Gary McVay, Alan Predmore, Scott Engle, Martin Kapsh and Angie Foster.

Core Values Award

Seattle Police Department Hospital Response Team

Members who were recognized include Assistant Chief Nick Metz, Sgt. Don Smith and officer John Abraham.

For its support of Mundell’s family and members of the Sheriff’s Department while the deputy was at Harborview Medical Center in Seattle. Pierce County Sheriff Paul Pastor said the team provided food, transportation and places to stay. It even a gave a coat to Mundell’s father.

“That kind of human decency when you’re hurting is incredibly powerful,” Pastor said after the ceremony.

Department Awards

Law Enforcement Deputy of the Year

Deputy Jason Laliberte and deputy John Delgado
Laliberte and Delgado distinguished themselves through exceptional professional knowledge, initiative and work ethnic in confronting gang crimes in Pierce County. Their joint efforts resulted in a 17.2 percent reduction in gang crimes in one year.

Corrections Officer of the Year

Corrections officer Terry Wick
Wick distinguished himself through exceptional professional knowledge, initiative and communications skills through his interaction with inmates and staff. He is particularly effective with mentally ill inmates.

Employee of the Year

Communications analyst Lauren Wallin
Wallin distinguished herself through exceptional professional knowledge, initiative and work ethic as she provided core support to criminal investigations throughout Pierce County. Wallin further has increased the image of law enforcement through her contributions to Crime Stoppers, Toys for Tots, Special Olympics and many other activities.

Reserve Deputy of the Year

Reserve Deputy Quentin Brown
Brown distingusihed himself through exceptional dedication to the Sherifrf’s Department through his volunteerism and professional skills and abilities.

Volunteer of the Year

Irene Fruzzetti
Fruzzetti has distinguished herself while serving the department as landlord-tenant liaison for mobile home parks. Fruzzetti has succeeded in creating aneighborhood culture in many of the mobile home parks and dramatically reduced the calls for service.

Cadet of the Year

Cadet Isaac Helgren
Helgren distingiushed himself through exceptional dedication to the Sheriff’s Department through his volunteerism and professionalism.

Deputy Prosecuting Attorney of the Year

Deputy Prosecuting Attorney Lisa Wagner
Wagner distinguished herslef through exceptional professional knowledge, initiative and work ethic in support of law enforcement and justice across Pierce County

LESA Dispatcher of the Year

Michelle Woodrow
Woodrow has distinguished herself while providing dispatch services to the department. Woodrow has the uncanny ability to anticipate the deputy’s requests and provides an added measure of safety to them as she performs her duties.

Life Saving Award

Corrections officer Jesse Boyle
Boyle, while on duty, responded to a noise and found an inmate choking.Boyle quickly reacted by performing the Heimlich Maneuver and dislodging the obstruction and restoring the inmate’s air flow.

Reserve deputy James Fulcher
Fulcher, while on duty March 18, 2009, provided life-saving steps to control bleeding when a fleeing suspect attempted suicide. He applied direct pressure to the wound, administered first aid and reassured the suspect in a calm, patient manner until paramedics arrived.

Deputy William Foster and Sgt. Nick Hausner
Foster and Hausner responded to a citizen’s report of a house fire in Eatonville on March 26, 2009. Foster broke in a door to find the house filled with smoke while Hausner requested that fire respond. They entered the smoke-filled home and crawled on the floor calling out to anyone inside. Foster’s call awoke two individuals who were then instructed to climb out a window to safety. The actions of Foster and Hausner were instrumental in removing the two citizens from the burning home, and thereby risking their own personal safety.

Deputy Joe McDonald
McDonald responded to a suicidal call and found the subject locked inside a garage wtih the car engine running. McDonald broke into the garage and found the air fouled and the subject semiconscious. McDonald was able to drag the subject from the garage and call for medical aid.

Team Life Saving Award

Dive and Marine Services Unit
Deputies Eugene Abuan, Nate Condreay, Jesse Hotz, Montgomery Minion, Kevin Reding and Daren Witt rescued a man clinging to a capsized boat in Harts Lake on Dec. 19, 2009. The victim was close to slipping under the water when he was pulled to safety. The coordinated actions of this team of deputies resulted in the saving of a life and is within the finest tradtions of the Pierce County Sheriff’s Department.

Incident in jail
Corrections Sgt. Steven Breiner, corrections deputies Lynette Rankin, John King, Pete Wilson, Deneen Dixon, Chris Cooley and David Paul directly intervened in four suicide attempts by one inmate over three days. Their professionalism and compassion saved this inmate’s life.

Medal of Valor

Deputy Brian Heimann
Heimann distinguished himself through a conspicuous act of heroism during a domestic violence response. Heimann pushed the victim out of the line of fire of the armed suspect and positioned himself in front of the victim as he confronted the armed suspect.

Deputy Seth Huber
Huber distinguished himself through a conspicious act of heroism during a domestic violence response. Huber positioned himself in front fo the victim and his partner as he confronted the armed suspect.

Medal of Merit

Deputy Bryon Brockway
Brockway demonstrated meritorious services through his professionalism, tenacity and investigative skills and devloped information on a major multi-site marijuana grow operation that was later identified aas a federal drug trafficking organization.

Deputy Todd Donato
Donato demonstrated meritorious service through his professionalism, compassion and superior sense of duty assisting a car crash victim was was injured and trapped in his car. Donato supported the victim’s body with his own body, preventing additional injury.

Deputy Mark Fry
Fry demonstrated meritorious services through his professionalism, tenacity and investigative skills developed a county-wide pseudoephedrine data tracking system with retail and pharmaceutical sales establishments. This system has led to multiple investigations being developed.

Detective Debbie Heishman
Heishman demonstrated meritorious services through her professionalism, tenacity and superior investigative abilities during several key homicide investigations, which resulted in several high profile convictions.

Sgt. Jim Heishman
Heishman demonstrated meritorious services through his professionalism, exemplary leadership skills and demonstrated sense of compassion during an extremely difficult time for the department. Sgt. Heishman provided calm and determined guidance for his detachment and the department as he assisted with the tragic loss of deputy Mundell and the serious injury of Richelle Heacock. Heishman provided the drive for a community project to remodel the Heacock home to enable the Heacock family to support Richelle in her recovery. His efforts are keeping with the finest traditions oft he Pierce County SHeriff’s Department.

Detective John Jimenez
Jimenez demonstrated meritorious service through his professionalism, superior investigative and interviewing skills which resulted in the identification, arrest and prosecution of a homicide suspect.

Detective James Loeffelholz
Loeffelholz demonstrated meritorious service through his professionalism, superior investigative and interviewing skills which resulted in the identification, arrest and prosecution of a homicide suspect.

Deputy Chris Olson
Olson demonstrated meritorious service through his professionalism, tenacity and sense of duty in the investigation and arrest of a dangerous felon who was threatening law enforcement officers.

Deputy Vance Tjossem
Tjossem demonstrated meritorious service through his professionalism, tenacity and investigative skills in developing two informants, which led him to bring down a major drug trafficking organization.

Certificate of Appreciation

Citizens Larry Carlson and Larry Wallace
Calrson and Wallace, while working at Pierce Transit, heard police sirens and found a suspect running through their maintenance shop. Carlson and Wallace confronted the suspect and detained him as the purusing deputy arrived. Carlson and Wallace demonstrated courage and civic responsibility to their community by assisting law enforcement.

Returned from Military Activation

Deputy Erik Clarkson
Deputy Shanna Hudson
Deputy Mark Gosling
Sgt. Jim Heishman
Deputy Eric Honeycutt
Deputy Robert LaTour
Corrections officer Anthony Mehalik
Corrections Officer John Stimer
Deputy Aaron Thompson
Deputy Brian Thompson

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