Police officers recognized for 2016 contributions

April 26, 2017 by  

Police officers recognized for 2016 contributions

The town of Vernon, Connecticut celebrated those on the police force this month.

The Vernon Police Department kicked the event off by presenting its Officer of the Year award of 2016 to Officer Robert Wyse, honoring his service since joining the force in January of 2004. A United States Army veteran who served in Operations Desert Storm and Panama Just Cause, Wyse is a teacher and founding member of a band started between local police and the town’s high school students.

Additional officers, staff members, and civilians received recognition. Rachael Sutherland was praised for her positive attitude, Ellie Bellemore for her volunteer work in organizing catering, James York for giving first aid to the victim of a collision in December of 2016, and John Bousquet for freeing a man trapped under a boat in November the same year.

Ellen Morganson was honored for her administrative work, Cpl. Mathew Mainieri and Det. David Gesualdi of the South Windsor police department received honors for assisting in a local investigation, and Officer Nikolos Trantalis received recognition for leading the department in DUI arrests during 2016.

The force could have a local print company make attractive oversized ‘thank you’ cards for the recognized individuals and have everyone sign them. This would be a personalized informal gift that shows people they are truly appreciated by coworkers.