On February 24, 2012, the Seneca County Sheriff's Office held their third annual awards ceremony. In addition to Sheriff Stenberg and Undersheriff Gary Sullivan, the following invited guests were in attendance: Mitchell Rowe, Seneca County Manager, Board of Supervisors members Michael Reynolds, Lee Davidson and Donald Earle. The invited guests joined members of the Sheriff's Office and their families in recognizing the achievements of the following members of the Sheriff's Office.
DISTINGUISHED SERVICE AWARDS:
Sergeant Michael Rhinehart - In December 2010, while off duty and in the area of a reported structure fire with a reported elderly person trapped on the second floor, you responded to scene for any assistance you could render. Being a fire officer with extensive training, you provided valuable size up of the fire scene to the local fire chief. You inquired of the local fire chief who had yet to arrive seeking his permission to commence a search and rescue for the reported trapped person. At grave risk to your own personal safety, you donned your fire gear and SCBA and searched those areas of the structure you could do so safely until other firefighters arrived to assist in the search efforts.
Your actions that day demonstrated your dedication to not only the Seneca County Sheriff's Office, the Fire Service, but to the Citizens of Seneca County as well.
Deputy Sheriff John Nesbit - On May 6, 2011, you were dispatched to the home of a suicidal male in the Town of Covert. The only available information provided from a veteran's crisis hot-line was the subject was a gulf war veteran suffering from depression and that he was stockpiling his medications. Upon your arrival, you were unable to gain entry and observed the male subject laying motionless. You took it upon your own to force entry into the residence and in doing so sustained a severe laceration which required medical intervention. You put your personal injury aside and cared for the victim until an ambulance arrived and was able to transport the subject for professional assistance.
For the professionalism and dedication to duty you displayed are awarded the Distinguished Service Award.
UNIT CITATION AWARD:
On February 14, 2011, a tragic domestic violence homicide occurred in the Town of Lodi, in which a woman was shot and killed. The investigators assigned to the Criminal Investigations Division worked throughout the night processing the crime scene with expertise and professionalism. A suspect was immediately identified and subsequently charged with Manslaughter, a crime which he ultimately pled guilty to and was sentenced to prison.
During November 2011, a series of thefts and robberies throughout Seneca County were being investigated by Sheriff's investigators working in conjunction with the Waterloo P.D. and the New York State Police. A strong-arm robbery had occurred at the Town of Seneca Falls Wal-Mart as well as an armed robbery with a knife at a Waterloo Prime Outlets. A suspect was identified and arrested after an intensive investigative efforts by Sheriff's investigators. As a result of the excellent investigative efforts by members of the Criminal Investigation Division, a dangerous person was taken into custody without incident and the community spared from any future violent acts at his hands.
These cases highlight the fine work conducted by Investigators: Lt. J Cleere, Inv's J. Stevens; K. Goodman; R Lahr and J. Deal. Their professionalism and dedication to duty are a tribute to law enforcement in Seneca County.
LETTERS OF COMMENDATION:
Deputy Sheriff Joshua Raymond
Deputy Sheriff John Fowler & K9 "Izak"
Deputy Sheriff Michael Strohm
Deputy Sheriff Christopher Felice
Deputy Sheriff Frank Eldredge & K9 "Ato"
Corrections Officer Luke Laskoski
Deputy Sheriff Melinda Marquart
Sergeant Timothy Thompson