Sheriff Kevin Tolson is pleased to announce the York County Sheriff's Office awards and commendations for the month of March 2019.
Enforcement Employee of the Month: Deputy Ryan Quinn
Deputy Ryan Quinn has been named Employee of the Month for March for his hard work that resulted in the identification of a burglary suspect. Earlier this month, while Deputy Quinn was off duty, he noticed a vehicle that matched the description of a BOLO (Be On the Look Out) that was sent out earlier that day. The BOLO was related to a series of burglaries off McConnells Highway.
Deputy Quinn photographed the vehicle and provided the information to the Detective assigned to the case. Based on this information, the detective was able to develop a suspect and ultimately solve the case. Without this lead, this series of burglaries may have never been solved.
It is a testament to Deputy Quinn’s work ethic that he was able to remember a BOLO, recognize the subject of the BOLO, and then pass that information along to the appropriate person – all while he was off duty. Deputy Quinn’s dedication, both on and off duty, should serve as an example to other officers.
Commendation: Corporal Crystal Beck
Corporal Beck is to be commended for her outstanding performance as the SRO for Hickory Grove-Sharon Elementary School. Corporal Beck is the first YCSO deputy to serve as an SRO in an elementary school and she is already making an impact on those students. One parent has already written a letter expressing gratitude for Corporal Beck’s willingness to befriend the parent’s troubled child and help him with behavioral issues. Corporal Beck also responded as a seasoned SRO when several children developed skin reactions to a cleaner that was used on their napping surfaces. During this incident, Corporal Beck remained calm and requested aid from various public agencies so that these children could receive appropriate treatment. Corporal Beck is to be commended for her hard work and for already having a positive impact at her school.
Detention Employee of the Month – Transport Officer Kyle Gulley
Transport Officer Kyle Gulley was nominated by his supervisor for the Employee of the Month for March, 2019. Officer Gulley is a very hard worker who engages himself whole-heartedly in his duties. He comes to work ready to assist in whatever capacity needed.
With his assignment to Transport Officer, Officer Gulley has gone above and beyond what his position entails. He can be relied upon to do whatever is asked of him. He never complains about his assignments, and works relentlessly to complete his daily duties.
He has applied himself to become more proficient in the performance of his job duties and the objectives of the Detention Center. Officer Gulley has taken a brighter demeanor and has become more confident of his abilities to being a better service to himself and his coworkers. He is a pleasure to be around and work with. He has a great commitment to detail and is very dedicated to his job.
Supervisor of the Quarter – Lieutenant Timothy Combs
Lieutenant Combs was nominated by a fellow supervisor for the Supervisor of the Quarter Award for the First Quarter 2019. Lieutenant Combs displays a positive approach to leadership which allows his subordinates to excel in their respective areas.
Lieutenant Combs fosters a family atmosphere amongst his shift. He instills a sense of pride to belong to C-Team by promoting hard work, attention to detail, and responsibility. He is constantly coming up with new ways to challenge his staff to be better and to become more familiar with policies and procedures. He routinely sends out emails to his staff with random policy and procedure questions and/or possible situations they may face during their career at the York County Detention Center to gauge how they would handle a specific situation.
Lieutenant Combs promotes growth by publicly acknowledging individual’s successes and privately encourages further development in areas that are not as developed. Lieutenant Combs always remains calm and professional in high stress situations which trickle down to his staff members.
Life Saving Award – Lieutenant Timothy Combs, Sergeant Jacqwauntius Dunlap, Corporal John Castro, and Detention Officer Thelma Rochester
On March 25, 2019, an inmate attempted to commit suicide by hanging himself in one of the booking cells. The inmate had tied one end of a blanket around his neck, and one end of the blanket around the restraint chair security bar. This inmate sat and watched staff movement in
order to make his attempt at the right time. Once he believed that nobody was watching, he stepped behind the partition wall and lowered his body, placing tension on the blanket around his neck. Lieutenant Combs, Sergeant Dunlap, and Corporal Castro were all observing the video surveillance monitors while working on their regular duties, and all noticed the inmate’s quick actions, almost simultaneously. Lieutenant Combs, Sergeant Dunlap, Corporal Castro, and Officer Rochester immediately went to the inmate’s cell. Lieutenant Combs and Sergeant Dunlap lifted the inmate up to relieve the tension on the blanket. They removed the blanket from around his neck while Corporal Castro and Officer Rochester untied the blanket from the restraint chair security bar.
Because of the keen observation and the quick actions of the above staff members, the inmate was unsuccessful in his attempted suicide, and they were able to preserve the inmate’s life.
Commendation – Lieutenant Jessica Hall, Sergeant Franchescia Morrison, Corporal Ginger Barnhill, Corporal James Garvin, and Detention Officers Marie Crawford, Robert Craze, Thelma Rochester, and Derick Ward
On February 24, 2019, there was a plumbing issue in Housing Unit A, specifically in Classification III and IV. The water/sewage lines were clogged, and the sewage water was backing up and coming out of all of the floor drains, and spilling into the individual cells. All staff mentioned above assisted the Inmate Workers in cleaning up the housing unit, including standing in the sewage water and pushing the water with a squeegee to clear the water out of the unit.
The water had to be removed from the unit, and then discarded in the outdoor rec yard. This cleanup process took several hours to complete. All staff members worked as a team, and completed this project without complaint, all the while ensuring that the other duties required to run the facility were completed. These kinds of actions prove the teamwork and family atmosphere that the shifts have.
Commendation – Detention Officer Amber Clark
On March 4, 2019, while in the booking area prior to returning to her assigned post in HU-I, Officer Amber Clark noticed that a female in a booking cell was shaking and acting strange. It should be noted that this female had been talking to officers all morning long, and not showing any signs of distress. As Officer Clark walked past cell I-9, she noticed something wrong with this inmate. She then called Lt. Hall over to the cell and contacted medical to assess the situation as well. She helped remove the inmate from the cell and place her on the floor so that medical could assess her vital signs. While assisting with medical, it was noted from the other inmates in the cell that she was recently digging in her genital area before she started shaking. Officer Clark as well as other staff then searched the inmate, and found a small bag of drugs hidden in a body cavity.
Due to Officer Clark’s keen eye for detail and noticing the inmate being in distress, staff were able to get the inmate the medical help needed, and possibly stop the incident from becoming life threatening.
Letter of Appreciation – Sergeant Troy Anderson
Sergeant Anderson was nominated for this award by a fellow co-worker. Sergeant Anderson has spent years trying to impact children in a positive manner and build trust as law enforcement officers. Sergeant Anderson has carried around plastic sheriff’s badges that he personally purchased to give to young children that he comes across. There was one specific instance stated in the nomination where Sergeant Anderson was at the local Emergency Room and there was a young girl that fractured her arm. Her parents were trying to calm her down to no avail. Sergeant Anderson asked the parents if he could give the young girl one of the badges and they said yes. While pinning the badge on the young girl, he was telling her that she was now an honorary sheriff’s deputy. She began to listen very intently to what he was saying and began to calm down. He told her that sheriff deputies are strong and this honorary status would give her the same strength she needed to get through her injury. The young girl got through her injury, and her parents were grateful.
There are many other stories where Sergeant Anderson gave out one of these plastic sheriff badges to a child that needed it. He is making a difference one child at a time. Hopefully he is bridging the gap between some of these children and law enforcement officials.
Congratulations to all staff for these well earned awards!!!