Dedication to duty awarded by APD
By MIKE JAMES - The Independent
It was a night to applaud those who went above and beyond the call of duty.
Members of the Ashland Police Department gathered Tuesday for their yearly awards ceremony, recognizing both officers and civilians for bravery, dedication and devotion to the community.
The awards demonstrate exceptional performance by police of all ranks, and civilians too, Chief Rob Ratliff said. “It doesn’t make a difference what the rank or title, everybody pitches in.”
“It takes a lot of people, working together,” Ratliff said.
Three officers received the Medal of Honor — one of the highest award the department bestows.
They include Sgt. Ryan Conley, Officer Richard Bohanon and Sgt. Mark E. McDowell.
Bohanon and Conley risked their lives to thwart a suicide attempt on the Simeon Willis Bridge in March 2008. McDowell risked his when a fleeing suspect crashed into his cruiser on the bridge last month.
Those receiving meritorious service awards include officers Edwin Harrison, Edward T. Sparks and JR Schoch, and Kenneth Cauley, warden at the Federal Correctional Institute.
Honorable service awards went to Lt. William H. Bare, Sgt. Tim Renfroe, detectives Brian Clark, Eric Jordan and Robert Brunty, officers Richard S. Menifee, Jason A. Moore, O. Gavin Patrick, James E. Jordan, Tony Floyd, Joshua R. Johnson, Joshua R. Steele, JR Schoch and Maj. William Todd Kelley.
Exceptional duty awards went to officers Chief Robert Ratliff, Maj. William T. Kelley, Lt. David A. Slone, Lt. William H. Bare, Sgt. Ronnie S. Sexton, Sgt. J. Ryan Conley, officers Charles R. Tweddell, Joshua R. Johnson, Jeremy M. Helms, Eric A. Taylor, Glenn W. Porter Jr., Brian A. Horn, Robert O. Simpson, Edward T. Sparks, Jason A. Moore, Steven K. Moore, Richard S. Menefee, Mark A. Wessell, James Eric Jordan, Eric M. Homan, Phillip M. Howard and Angel O’Pell.
Life-saving awards went to Lt. William D. Hensley and officers Charles R. Tweddell, Jason A. Moore and Phillip M. Howard.
Civilian service awards went to Dan Tolbert, Christy Baker, Kevin Burks, Randy Holder, Kyle Boggs, John Greene, David Travis and Jesse Johnson.
Letters of commendation went to corrections officer Dewey Derifield, dispatchers John Carroll, William McKenzie, Brandon Kitts, Ricky Porter, Scott Morgan, Julie Vidaud and Janetta Salyers.
Certificates of appreciation went to David Bloebaum, Werner Lobert and Jason Wittenberg and dispatchers Nick Poynter, Scott Morgan, John Carroll, Valerie Penick, Julie Vidaud and Janetta Salyers.