Law Enforcement in Woodbury County kicked off National Law Enforcement week with a ceremony on Monday May 12 in the Council Chambers in City Hall. Departments remembered officers who have paid the ultimate sacrifice in the line of duty.
Following the memorial ceremony the Sioux City Police Department held its annual Awards Ceremony. Chief Doug Young recognized both sworn and non-sworn personnel as well as private citizens for a accomplishments in 2013.
The 2013 Officer of the Year was given to Officer Kevin McCormick for his active participation in the department’s community policing and outreach efforts. Officer McCormick has been active in Shop with a Cop, Prescription Drug Take Back, Stranger Danger Talks and involvement with the Riverside PAC.
Officer McCormick was also awarded the department’s Wound Medal for injuries he sustained when he came under fire from a career criminal on a traffic stop on April 29, 2013. Officer McCormick continued to relay information to responding officers and attempted to locate the fleeing suspect despite being shot in the head. McCormick returned to full duty after just a few weeks.
Congratulations to Officer Kevin McCormick!
Civilian of the Year was awarded to Law Enforcement Analyst Marie Divis.
Chief’s Commendation Award: Sgt. Ryan Bertrand and Dispatcher Staci Uhl
Achievement Award: Captain Lisa Claeys
Chief’s Gratitude Award: Doug Potts and Mary Kay Pietz
Community Policing Award: Sgt. Steve TenNapel, Sgt. Dane Wagner and Officer Eddie Thiphasouk
Exceptional Duty Award: Detective Mike Simons and Officer Paul Yaneff
Congratulations to all staff and citizens recognized for their extra efforts to make our department and our community a better place.