WICHITA FALLS, TX (TNN) -Members of the Wichita County Sheriff’s Office were recognized Wednesday for their merit and hard work. Awards and certificates were handed out in the department’s quarterly awards ceremony.
Service awards were presented to Deputy Scott Chapel (20 Years), Thomas Pena (15 years) and Sergeant Cole McGarry (5 Years).
Detention Officers Evan Molini and Dakota Stone, as well as Sergeant Amanda Volpicella were presented the Life Saving Award after Molini found an inmate unresponsive in his cell on January 19. Detention Officer Molini, Dakota Stone and Sergeant Amanda Volpicella began CPR to save the inmates life.
The Life Saving Award was also presented to Detention Officers Dakota Brown and Elizabeth Walker, and Sergeant Amanda Volpicella after Brown found an inmate who wasn’t breathing on January 30. Detention Officer Brown, Detention Officer Elizabeth Walker and Sergeant Amanda Volpicella began CPR to save the inmates life.
Three detention officers were awarded the Sheriff Commendation Award after their quick actions stopped a fire in the kitchen of the downtown jail.
On February 18, Detention Officer Gerald Bright observed trustees attempting to put out a fire on a stove in the downtown Detention Kitchen. Sergeant Wes Bukowski, Detention Officer Bright and Detention Officer Jorge Ramirez used fire extinguishers to put out the fire. Their fast actions had the fire extinguished upon arrival of the Wichita Falls Fire Department.
Wichita County Sheriff David Duke says publicly recognizing staff for their great service has always been important to him.
“A lot of times people forget about what happens in the jail houses, but these men and women are trained to protect the inmate, trained to protect the property," Sheriff Duke said. “And so, whenever they do good acts, they need to be awarded with something publicly.”