The Sheriffs’ Institute has established several award programs to identify and recognize outstanding employees of Sheriffs’ Offices around the State, with a view toward rewarding those employees, increasing morale in the Sheriffs’ Offices, and alerting the public to the good work of their public servants in Sheriffs’ Offices around the State.

View the 2007 Award Recipients


DEPUTY OF THE YEAR

In 1977 the Sheriffs’ Association Institute created the Deputy of the Year Award which is given to a Deputy Sheriff who, during the previous year, performed an act of exceptional valor and heroism, above and beyond the normal call of duty. The thirtieth recipient of the Deputy of the Year Award is Deputy Sheriff Thomas E. Meredith of Erie County, nominated by Sheriff Timothy Howard.

Caption: The 2008 Deputy of the Year, Erie County Deputy Sheriff Thomas Meredith, at the podium, expresses his appreciation to those attending the New York State Sheriffs’ Association Institutes’ Awards Luncheon in Albany. Looking on from right to left are: Sheriff Ron Spike, Yates County; Sheriff Tim Howard, Erie County and Sheriff John York of Livingston County.


CARL DRAXLER AWARD

This award is given to an employee of a Sheriff’s Office whose exceptional career achievements and conscientious devotion to duty have demonstrated a spirit of selfless public service. The award is not necessarily based upon any specific event but may be based upon the nominee’s total career. This award was first presented in 1982 and is given in memory of the late Sheriff of Chemung County, Carl Draxler, who personified the qualities which are the criteria for this award. This year the Carl Draxler Award goes to Major Ray Ellis of Livingston County, nominated by Sheriff John York.

Caption: Major Ray Ellis, center, of the Livingston Sheriff’s Office proudly displays the 2008 Sheriff Carl Draxler Award with his Sheriff John York, right, who nominated him for the award given by the New York State Sheriffs’ Association Institute. Sheriff Ron Spike, who Chair’s the Sheriffs’ Institute’s Awards Committee looks on.


CORRECTION OFFICER OF THE YEAR

This award is given to a correction officer, or deputy sheriff assigned to corrections, who has exhibited an exceptional degree of dedication and commitment to the professional fulfillment of the difficult and important duties of the Sheriffs’ Offices in operating the county jails. The award may be based upon an exceptional event or an exceptional career in corrections. This award was instituted in 1995 and this year the award goes to Correction Officer Reuben Rijos, nominated by Sheriff Vincent DeMarco.

Caption: (From left to right) Livingston County Sheriff John York, Suffolk County Undersheriff Joseph Caracappa, Correction Officer Reuben Rijos and Yates County Sheriff Ronald Spike.


CIVIL DEPUTY OF THE YEAR

This award is given to a civil deputy who has exhibited an exceptional degree of dedication and commitment to the professional fulfillment of the important duties of the Sheriff’s Office in civil law enforcement. The award may be based on a specific exceptional event or based upon the nominee’s exceptional total career. This award was first given in 1993, and this year the award goes to Civil Deputy Captain William J. McNamara of Putnam County, nominated by Sheriff Donald Smith.

Caption: (from left to righ) Livingston County Sheriff John York, Putnam County Sheriff Donald Smith, Captain McNamara and Yates County Sheriff Ronald Spike.


EMERGENCY COMMUNICATOR OF THE YEAR

This award is given to an emergency communicator who has exhibited an exceptional degree of dedication and commitment to the professional fulfillment of the difficult duties of the Sheriff’s Office in operating an emergency communications center. The award may be based upon an exceptional event or an exceptional career in emergency communications. This award was established by the Executive Committee in 2003. This award goes to Emergency Services Dispatcher Barbara J. Eddy, nominated by Genesee County Sheriff Gary Maha.

Caption: (from left to right) Livingston County Sheriff John York, Genesee County Sheriff Gary Maha, Emergency Services Dispatcher Barbara J. Eddy and Yates County Sheriff Ronald Spike.


NEW YORK SHERIFFS’ VINE COORDINATOR OF THE YEAR AWARD

The New York Sheriffs’ Institute Victim Advisory Board established this award in 2004 to recognize an individual for their dedication to the New York Statewide Victim Information and Notification Program (VINE). This year’s recipient is Sergeant Irene Jerge, Erie County Sheriff’s Office. Sergeant Jerge has been the VINE Coordinator since this program commenced in June, 2000. Over the years she has demonstrated an extraordinary commitment in maintaining this program and responding to the needs of crime victims. Her service is noteworthy and deserving of this recognition.

Caption: (from left to right) Livingston County Sheriff John York, Erie County Sheriff Timothy Howard, Sergeant Irene Jerge, Thomas Goldrick and Yates County Sheriff Ronald Spike.


AWARD OF GRATITUDE

Presented to the Church Communities Foundation for their sincere and dedicated support of the Sheriffs’ Summer Camp Program. This award is given periodically to both individuals and organizations that demonstrate a genuine commitment to the Sheriffs’ Summer Camp.

Caption: At the podium, Ian Winter from the Church Communities foundation, left, Ulster County Sheriff Paul VanBlarcum, and Yates County Sheriff Ronald Spike.