Roberts named 'Sheriff of the Year,' set to serve as OSSA president in 2019.
OSSA award nominations and incident narratives (PDF format)
OSSA SAR Deputy of the Year:
Deputy Scott Meyers was honored as OSSA's "SAR Deputy of the Year." The award recognized Meyers' long career as a Sheriff's Office Search & Rescue Coordinator, for which he has received commendations from agencies and search-and-rescue volunteer organizations from around the state. Over the years, he has also received numerous commendations from families after SAR missions. They praise him for taking the time to get to know people. They praise him for putting them at ease during searches. And they praise him for making himself available -- and for helping the sometimes distraught relatives of a lost subject understand the complexities of a search-and-rescue mission.
In May, Deputy Meyers was also given a Meritorious Service Award by the Clackamas County Sheriff's Office, recognizing his work in SAR and his many lifesaving actions at the Clackamas County Jail.
OSSA Life Saving Award:
Deputies Dan Olson, Jonah Russell and Jonathan Zacharkiw
Deputies Olson, Russell and Zacharkiw were recognized by the OSSA for their heroic actions during a dramatic Sept. 30 CPR rescue of an infant who stopped breathing at Clackamas Town Center.
The incident made the national news, and a week later the baby's parents invited Deputies Zacharkiw, Olson, and Russell to visit OHSU and take a group photo with the infant in the ICU.
OSSA Medal of Valor:
Clackamas County Inter-Agency SWAT Team
Members of the team were recognized for their heroic actions during a Dec. 26, 2017 shootout against a heavily armed man who sprayed several patrol cars with automatic rifle fire.
Sheriff of the Year:
Clackamas County Sheriff Craig Roberts was also honored as OSSA's "Sheriff of the Year." The award recognizes a long career of service that includes programs and initiatives that have impacted law enforcement statewide.
Sheriff Roberts was also named President of the Oregon State Sheriffs' Association for the 2019 term.
"He deserves consideration for this honor, not only because of his long and successful history with our own department, but because this nomination follows a remarkable run of accomplishments — especially over the past few years — that helped deputies and citizens statewide," wrote Hoy in the nomination. This has included chairing the Oregon Task Force on School Safety; championing the passage of HB 2763, the "Veterans' Pay Bill"; championing mental-health training; and targeting abuse by helping launch initiatives such as the National Family Violence Warrant Sweep, A Safe Place Family Justice Center, and the Child Abuse & Family Violence Summit.
"Sheriff Roberts is dedicated to improving public safety not only in Clackamas County, but also throughout the entire state and across the country," wrote Hoy. "His motto — and the motto of the Sheriff's Office — is 'Working Together to Make a Difference.' Throughout his entire career, especially during his terms as sheriff, Sheriff Roberts has followed that motto. He has the unique ability to bring together diverse groups of professionals to achieve common goals to improve the community and citizens he serves."
Photos of the award-winners will be added in a news-release update soon.
Sgt. Brian Jensen
Clackamas County Sheriff's Office
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