TRAVERSE CITY — A good day’s work may be its own reward, but sometimes also merits recognition.
Nine Grand Traverse County sheriff’s deputies and officers who saved lives, arrested drunken drivers and displayed bravery in 2013 received recognition this week for their service during an awards ceremony.
Undersheriff Nate Alger said officers are recognized for their actions throughout the year and the annual awards presentation serves as a “wrap up.”
“I think it’s important for citizens to know that our officers do important work on a daily basis,” Alger said. “Sometimes, that puts them into the arena of exceptional performance.”
Two deputies received the department’s Award of Merit for their November rescue of a lost hunter. Deputies Mike Hornacek and Derek Morton trudged through snowy conditions to find a hunter who’d been missing for hours in Union Township.
Deputy Chris Weber received the Lifesaving Award for his June rescue of a suicidal woman. Deputy Paul Postal won the same award twice over — he used a portable defibrillator to revive a patient in June and pulled a woman from a fire in December.
At least 50 drunken drivers sobered up in jail thanks to deputies Josh Wolf and Mike Gray. Both received the Mothers Against Drunk Driving Award, which honors deputies who arrest more than 25 drunken drivers.
Sheriff’s Sgt. Greg McManemy received the department’s Distinguished Service Award for his actions in an April standoff against a Grawn man with a gun. Richard Radcliffe, 51, shot toward McManemy, a deputy, and a state conservation officer. Radcliffe retreated and eventually surrendered after McManemy returned fire.
Alger said Sheriff Tom Bensley and his staff selected the two Employee of the Year candidates based on performance. Detective Mike Matteucci nabbed the award in the law enforcement division and Corrections Officer Scott Martin was chosen for his work in the county’s jail.