ECSO Presents Service Awards To Deputies, Other Employees

April 1, 2021

Escambia County Sheriff Chip  Simmons and Chief Tommi Lyter presented awards to the following Escambia County Sheriff’s Office employees and deputies recently:

Marcus Faulkner was awarded the Civilian Service Medal for meeting the challenges COVID-19 and Hurricane Sally presented during the year 2020. Faulkner was also the recipient of the Law Enforcement Employee of the Quarter.

Crime Scene Supervisor Lacey Oden was awarded the Achievement Medal for receiving a Master of Science degree in Forensic Science from Oklahoma State University.

Sergeant Vincent Odenbrett was awarded the Meritorious Service Medal and Cole Chancellor was awarded the Civilian Service Medal for exceptional professionalism and meeting the complex task of keeping the Escambia County Sheriff’s Office in compliance and accredited.

Master Deputy Michael Moulton and Deputy 1st Class Thomas Garrett were awarded the Life Saving Medal for saving the life of Ronnie Golloher, who was in cardiac arrest during Hurricane Sally.

Senior Deputy Samuel Shelley and Deputy 1st Class Jeremiah Meeks were awarded the Legion of Merit Medal for being recognized every year (2016 – 2020) by MADD for outstanding achievement in relation to DUI arrests. Shelley was also the recipient of the Achievement Medal for becoming a Certified Drug Recognition Expert.

The Medal of Courage was presented to Master Deputy Matt Watkins, Deputy Trenton Hershberger, and Deputy Daniel Weller, who were engaged in a lengthy exchange of gunfire with a violent suspect who was wanted for aggravated assault and battery on a law enforcement officer. Watkins, Hershberger, and Weller showed extreme bravery in the face of danger by staying in the gunfight and assisting with apprehending the armed and dangerous suspect.

The Medal of Valor was presented to Senior Deputy Douglas Shoemaker. Shoemaker was also the recipient of the Purple Heart and Law Enforcement Officer of the Quarter. Senior Deputy Douglas Shoemaker responded to a suicidal threats call, and upon his arrival, he was met with open gunfire. Shoemaker was struck several times, and despite being wounded, Shoemaker was able to maintain his composure while returning fire.

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6 Responses to “ECSO Presents Service Awards To Deputies, Other Employees”

  1. David Rogers on April 2nd, 2021 4:56 pm

    It’s a shame that Leo risk their life and freedom for poverty level wages.

  2. Ensley Miss on April 1st, 2021 8:18 pm

    Congratulations to all.

  3. ronnie on April 1st, 2021 3:19 pm

    When i read this article I have searched all day for the words to express my gratitude

    ,,My name is Ronnie Golloher and I am still alive today thanks to the quick response and training that officer Mike Moulton and officer Thomas Garrett.

    It is the end of the day and there are still no words that can be said to express my pride of these 2 officers.

    May God Bless you Mike and officer Thomas as much as he has done for me

    Ronnie L Golloher

  4. Beegee and Jack on April 1st, 2021 10:57 am

    Sorry for the two words being backward for I am an old lady!!!! LOL……Thank you all for your dedicated service

  5. Beegee and Jack on April 1st, 2021 10:55 am

    Thank you all for dedicated your service!!!!!!!!

  6. Olin Schultz on April 1st, 2021 6:52 am

    Way to go. I worked with most of them and can say that with pride! Keep it going ECSO!

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