February 2019 Awards and Commendations
Enforcement Division Employee of the Month: Deputy Wyatt Melton
Deputy Wyatt Melton has been named Employee of the Month for going above and beyond the call of duty by comforting a child and making sure that child had a positive perception of law enforcement. During the investigation of a stolen cell phone from a local middle school, Deputy Melton tracked the last know location of the phone to a middle school student’s home. Deputy Melton spoke with this student and the student’s mother and determined that the student had not taken the phone. After this encounter, Deputy Melton learned that the child was upset and afraid that law enforcement viewed him as a bad person. Deputy Melton then arranged to meet with the child again so that he could reassure the child. Deputy Melton spent thirty minutes just talking with the child and gave the young man a gift card to his favorite restaurant, which brought an extra big smile to the child’s face.
Deputy Melton’s conduct is a shining example of the positive impact that police officers can have on children in or community. Deputy Melton could have easily continued with his day without another thought for this child’s feelings. The fact that Deputy Melton took the time to go back and reassure this child is a testament to Deputy Melton’s good character and that is why he has been selected as the Employee of the Month for February.
Detention Division Employee of the Month: Detention Officer Jermaine Evans
Detention Officer Jermaine Evans was nominated by a coworker for the Employee of the Month for February, 2019. Officer Evans has been an integral part of C-Team since his first day on shift. He was a fast learner and seemed to have a natural ability to maintain order in the housing units. He was only employed here for a few short months before he was trusted with training newer officers.
For the last few months, Officer Evans has been the permanent Housing Unit I (Maximum Security) Officer for C-Team. While there, he has responded to multiple incidents throughout the facility, and has helped in numerous situations whenever called by supervisors.
He has developed a rapport with the inmates in Maximum Security that allows for quick deescalation of situations and smooth transitions between shifts. He has become familiar with inmate needs, circumstances, and habits. This has been significant in keeping track of the inmates’ personal hygiene (i.e. taking showers or not taking showers), monitoring habitual offenders, and understanding each inmate’s inter-personal relationships with other inmates.
Officer Evans’ attention to detail has been a key factor in minimizing unsafe situations and use of force incidents
Life Saving Medals: Sergeant Michael Dean, Detective Joey Wallace, Detective Nicholas Schifferle, and Corporal Mike Melton
On February 12th, Sergeant Dean, Detective Wallace, Detective Schifferle, and Corporal Melton responded to a shooting involving multiple subjects. Upon arrival, the deputies immediately cleared the residence to ensure that the shooter was not still inside. During this search, the deputies could hear a female screaming in pain. Once the residence was clear, these deputies began to render aid to this female that had been shot in the chest and was bleeding profusely. Detectives Schifferle and Wallace applied a tourniquet supplied by Sergeant Dean to the victim, while Corporal Melton calmed the victim.
EMS personnel were not able to retrieve this victim from inside the residence because a deceased shooting victim was in front of the doorway. With the assistance of his fellow deputies, Sergeant Dean carried the victim out of the residence to the waiting ambulance. Medical personnel stated that if it was not for the quick actions of these deputies and the effective application of the tourniquet, the victim would have bled to death.
Commendation: Sergeant Michael Gregory
Sergeant Gregory is to be commended for the assistance he provided to York PD during their investigation of a shooting. After the shooting suspect was located through the combined efforts of Sheriff’s Office deputies, York PD officers, and Clover PD officers, Sergeant Gregory went above and beyond the call of duty by acquiring paper bags to secure the suspect’s hands for gunshot residue tests and writing and executing the necessary search warrants. Sergeant Gregory’s dedication and willingness to assist a fellow law enforcement agency should serve as an example to all police officers.