Victims advocates, sheriff commend law enforcement for efforts to end violence
Commendations were bestowed Monday on police officers who work the front lines in the on-going effort to eliminate violence in Harrison County.
The ceremony, in conjunction with Domestic Violence Awareness Month, was held in the Officers Training Room at the Harrison County Sheriff’s Dept. More than 30 police officers and supporting staff, court personnel, and directors of the RAPE Treatment Center in Milltown and the Center for Women and Families in Southern Indiana attended.
Also, Harrison County Dep. Prosecutor Cheryl Hillenburg, who chairs the county’s Domestic Violence/Sexual Assault Coordinating Council, recognized officers with Certificates of Civic Achievement: Dennis Asher, Harrison County Sheriff’s Dept.; James Kendall, Corydon police chief; Ray Saylor, Milltown police chief; and Brad Shephard, Harrison County Sheriff’s Dept.
Lola Ratterman, director of the RAPE Treatment Center, recognized the special efforts and volunteer services of the following officers in establishing the center, which opened earlier this year: Michael Deatrick, Gary Gilley and Roy Wiseman, all of the Harrison County Sheriff’s Dept.
Margie Drake, victims advocate for the Center for Women and Families, gave special recognition to Indiana State Police (ISP) Trooper Steve Didat; Harrison County Sheriff’s Dept. Officer David Heilig (who was absent due to illness; his daughter, Sandy Schilmiller, accepted the award), and Det. David Makowsky of the Indiana State Police.
Harrison County Sheriff C. Wendell Smith also cited officers for exceptional meritorious service, including: ISP troopers Dave Cleek and Bill Wibbels, Master Trooper Mark Strange, and Harrison County Officers Dennis Asher, Marty McClanahan, Gil Romero, Randy Orme, Greg Gibson, Lee Hancock, Chris Walden, John Dismang and Rolla Pirtle.
He cited the entire force for “making a safer and more wholesome community.”
Smith added: “I thank every one of you for being an officer under my command.
“I’m proud of each and every one of you for what you do.”
Brief opening remarks were made by retired ISP Major Tom Hill, now vice president of security at Caesars Indiana.
He reminded the gathering that being a police officer is not just a job. “It’s a profession,” he said.
Light refreshments were served following the celebration.