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Awarding Officers and Dispatchers for their work

The Awards and Citation Program of the Ontario Police Department was established on October 1, 1977.  The personnel of the Ontario Police Department recognized the need for proper recognition and positive promotion of the members of the organization.  Not only does this promote a more enjoyable work environment, but it also reaps immeasurable benefits for all the citizens who live and visit the community.

Police Officer and Dispatcher of the Year

The Officer and Dispatcher of the Year awards are first nominated by the Officers and Dispatchers themselves.  Once nominated, the awards committee makes the final selection for the award winner.  Overall activity, achievements and work habits are just a few of the credentials used in making this final determination.  Both winners are honored at the annual awards banquet and other activities hosted by local organizations.

Year Officer Awards to Date
1980 Ptl. David L. Pugh
1984 Ptl. Michael A. Burchett
1986 Ptl. Michael A. Burchett
1988 Capt. Calvin L. Miller
1989 Sgt. Allen E. Au
1990 Ptl. Randy E. Hutchinson
1991 Ptl. Rodney D. Smith
1992 Ptl. Kenneth A. Ward
1993 Capt. Louis C. Bemiller
1994 Lt. Allen E. Au
1995 Ptl. Richard J. Bevier
1996 Lt. Dale S. Myers
1997 Ptl. Riley E. Snavely
1998 Lt. Rodney D. Smith
1999 Ofc. Howard E. Thomas
2000 Ofc. John O. Mager
2001 Ofc. Tommy D. Hill Jr.
2002 Ofc. Robert A. Griefenstine
2003 Lt. Rodney D. Smith
2004 Ofc. Tommy D. Hill Jr.
2005 Ofc. Howard E. Thomas
2006 Ofc. Bradley D. Kalb
2007 Ofc. John O. Mager
2008 Ofc. Jon P. Sigler
2009 Ofc. Tommy D. Hill Jr.
2010 Ofc. Tony L. Grimwood
2011 Ofc. Jeromie L. Barnhart
2012 Ofc. Gregory J. Ford
2013 Ofc. Gregory J. Ford

 

Year Dispatcher Awards to Date
1994 Debra A. Magers
1995 Yvette L. Robertson
1996 James D. Wallis
1997 Yvette L. Robertson
1998 James D. Wallis
1999 Yvette L. Robertson
2000 Yvette L. Robertson
2001 Michael J. Mullins
2002 Linda Souza
2003 Claudia M. Mathews
2004 Claudia M. Mathews
2005 Claudia M. Mathews
2006 Michael J. Wright
2007 Linda Souza
2008 Claudia M. Mathews
2009 Robert G. Taylor
2010 Robert G. Taylor
2011 Robert G. Taylor
2012 Michael J. Wright
2013 Yvette L. Robertson

Chief's Citation of Merit

The Chief's Citation of Merit is given to any officer who has participated or assisted in any action or performance that is of a distinguishing nature.

Year Officer
1982 Ofc. Timothy D. McClaran
1982 Ofc. Harold D. Powers
2004 Ofc. John O. Mager
2005 Ofc. Tommy D. Hill Jr.
2005 Lt. Rodney D. Smith
2010 Lt. Randy E. Hutchinson

Special Commendation

Year Officer
2005 Ofc. Robert A Griefenstine
2005 Officer Tommy D. Hill Jr.
2005 Lt. Rodney D. Smith
2005 Officer Riley E. Snavely
2007 Ofc. John O. Mager (Survival Under Fire)
2013 Lt. Robert A. Griefenstine
2013 Lt. Tommy D. Hill Jr.
2013 Detective Jon Sigler

ACE Award

The ACE Award is a special recognition for proficiency in the field of Auto Theft through the recovery of stolen motor vehicles and the arrest of one or more of the suspects at the time of the recovery.  When an Officer has recovered three or more stolen vehicles with arrests of suspects within a calendar year, the officer is recognized with this award.

Year Officer
1993 Ofc. Scott F. Lake
2004 Ofc. Robert A. Griefenstine
2005 Ofc. Howard E. Thomas
2006 Ofc. Jeromie L. Barnhart
2009 Lt. Scott F. Lake

Life Saving Award

Year Officer
2006 Ofc. Tommy D. Hill Jr.
2006 Lt. Riley E. Snavely
2007 Ofc. Donald T. Wallis

Safe Driving Awards
(Current Officers Only)

The Safe Driving Ribbon shall be issued to each officer that has displayed safe driving haibits. The award is issued following the third straight year of safe driving.

Officer Total Years Awards to Date
Rodney D. Smith
25
Dale S. Myers
20
Richard J. Bevier
15
Brad D. Kalb
15
Berniece L. Malone
15
Tommy D. Hill Jr.
15
Scott F. Lake
10
John O. Mager
10
Robert A. Griefenstine
10
Brian D. Williams
10
Jason A. Day
10
Adam M. Gongwer
10
Howard E. Thomas
5
Jeromie L. Barnhart
5
Jon P. Sigler
5
Tony L. Grimwood
3
Gregory J. Ford
3

MADD (Mothers Against Drunk Driving) AWARDS

Year Officer
2007 Ofc. Jeromie L. Barnhart (43 OVI arrests),Ofc. Jason A. Day (42 OVI arrests),Sgt. Howard E. Thomas (29 OVI arrests)
2008 Ofc. Jeromie L. Barnhart (34 OVI arrests),Sgt. Howard E. Thomas (27 OVI arrests),Ofc. John Bartolucci (15 OVI arrests)
2011 Ofc. Jeromie L. Barnhart (31 OVI arrests),Sgt. Howard E. Thomas (26 OVI arrests),Ofc. Jason Day (10 OVI arrests)

ACHIEVEMENT/PERFORMANCE AWARDS

Year Officer
2007 HANDLING OF MEDICAL EMERGENCY: Ofc. John O. Mager, Ofc. Anthony L. Grimwood (09-08-07)
2010 HANDLING OF BREAKING AND ENTERING INVESTIGATION: Ofc. Jason Day
2010

HANDLING OF KIDNAPPING CASE: Ofc. Anthony L. Grimwood

2011

HANDLING OF SUICIDAL THREATS: Lt. Robert A. Griefenstine

2011

HANDLING OF INDUSTRIAL COPPER THEFT CASE: Ofc. John O. Mager

2012

HANDLING OF ELDERLY WOMAN IN THE SNOW: Ofc. Tony L. Grimwood

IN MEMORY OF

Ptl. Theodore "Ted" Brinley: July 28, 1985
Ptl. David L. Pugh: shot and severly wounded in the Line of Duty Nov 19th, 1981

THUMBS UP AWARD

Thumbs Up Award from I.L.C.N.C.O. for Parking Enforcement Program

MISC AWARDS

Jail-N-Bail (American Cancer Society) (1986)
H.O.T. Award from State of Ohio
Award from United Way to F.O.P. (1989)Community Policing, Probation and Parole Partnership (2001)

TROPHY AWARDS

Year Officer (1st, 2nd, 3rd)
1982 Knee, Miller, Clark
1983 Knee, C. Miller, R. Miller
1984 Knee, Dille, Smith
1985 Knee, Smith, Dille
1986 Knee, Burchett, McClaran
1987 McClaran, Smith, Rupe
1988 Au, Hutchinson, Smith
1989 Smith, Ward, Myers
1990 Knee, Smith, Ward
1991 Speakman, Smith, Knee
1992 Speakman, no name available, Smith
1993 Lake, Smith, BeVier
1994 No Trophy Shoot
1995 Lake, BeVier, no 3rd place
1996 Lake, BeMiller, BeVier
1997 Au, Myers, Reeves
1998 Knee, Reeves, Smith
1999 No Trophy Shoot
2000 Mager, Lake, Myers
2001 BeVier, Reeves, Myers
2002 BeVier, Reeves, Myers
2003 BeVier, Snavely, Kalb
2004 Barnhart, Lane, BeVier
2005 Smith, BeVier, Barnhart
2006 Barnhart, Myers, BeVier
2007 BeVier, Barnhart, Mager
2008 Barnhart, BeVier, Mager
2009 BeVier, Myers, Barnhart
2010 Kalb, Barnhart, BeVier
2011 Roose, Mager, Barnhart
2012 BeVier, Barnhart, Bly
2013 Bly, BeVier, Grimwood

 

 
 


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