Commendation Awards

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Commendation Awards

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Congratulations to Rutherfordton Police Department Sergeant B. Cole for receiving the Officer of the Year award on December 5th, 2015. This award is presented to an officer each year by the Chief of Police, and is voted on by each employee of the Rutherfordton Police Department.
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Congratulations to Sergeant Brian Cole and Patrolman Seth Watkins for receiving the Certificate of Bravery award on October 7th, 2015. On September 3rd, 2015 at 8:51 pm the Rutherfordton Fire Department along with the Rutherfordton Police department was dispatched to a house fire located at 138 Cedar Street Extension with at least one person reported to still be inside the residence. Sergeant Brian Cole and Patrolman Seth Watkins of the Rutherfordton Police Department were the first responders to arrive on scene. Upon their arrival they noticed the whole right side of the residence to be engulfed in flames. Sergeant Brian Cole and Patrolman Seth Watkins made entry into the residence where they located a subject clinging to a door frame at the end of a hallway. Sergeant Brian Cole and Patrolman Seth Watkins both attempted to get the subject out of the residence, but the individual put up a struggle and they had to evacuate do to the intense heat and smoke inhalation they were receiving. The Rutherfordton Fire Department arrived on scene and was advised that a subject was still inside the residence. Moments later a small explosion occurred inside the residence followed by a large explosion which instantly engulfed the rest of the residence into flames. Firefighters located the deceased individual inside the residence a short time later. It was later determined that during the fire a large medical oxygen tank inside the residence ruptured, causing the violent explosion. Sergeant Brian Cole and Patrolman Seth Watkins were both transported to the Rutherford Regional Medical Center for smoke inhalation and second degree burns. Both officers were treated and released later the same night. Sergeant Brian Cole and Patrolman Seth Watkins received this award for their extraordinary act of bravery in the line of duty. An act that was taken without regard for personal risk, at a moment of clear and obvious danger, and clearly above and beyond the call of ordinary duty.

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Congratulations to Rutherfordton Police Department Corporal Brian Cole for receiving the Life Saving Bar on August 5th, 2015. This award is presented to officers by the Chief of Police and awarded to officers who perform a lifesaving act under extraordinary circumstances. On June 11th, 2015 Corporal Brian Cole responded to a residence on Cedar Street. Upon arriving on scene he found a victim lying unconscious on the floor and was starting to turn blue in the face. Corporal Cole advised at this time he couldn’t feel a pulse being given off by the victim so he began administering CPR to the individual. The administering of the CPR shortly brought color back to the individuals face and his breathing was noticeable again. The actions taken by Corporal Cole saved this individual from what could have been a deadly situation.


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Congratulations to Rutherfordton Police Department Sergeant J. Holland for receiving his Intermediate Law Enforcement Certificate on July 1st, 2015. This Certificate is issued by the North Carolina Criminal Justice Education and Training Standards Commission and is accomplished by a combination of training and years of service completed. This award was presented to Sergeant Holland by the Chief of Police.


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Congratulations to Rutherfordton Police Department Sergeant B. Martin for receiving his Intermediate Law Enforcement Certificate on June 4th, 2015. This Certificate is issued by the North Carolina Criminal Justice Education and Training Standards Commission and is accomplished by a combination of training and years of service completed. This award was presented to Sergeant Martin by the Chief of Police.


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Congratulations to Rutherfordton Police Department Patrolman Adam Hamrick for receiving the Top Shooter Certificate for the departments Spring 2015 qualification.This award is presented to an officer by the Chief of Police, and is awarded to the officer with the highest scored target.


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Congratulations to Rutherfordton Police Department Sergeant J. Holland and Patrolman L. Cope for receiving the Life Saving Bar on February 4th, 2015. This award is presented to officers by the Chief of Police and awarded to officers who perform a lifesaving act under extraordinary circumstances. On January 16th, 2015 the grandfather of the person involved in a near tragic situation contacted the Chief of Police and stated that several medical professionals at several hospitals had told him that the rapid assessment of the officers in noticing the peculiar behavior and their swift action to get the individual medical attention had undoubtedly saved his life.


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Congratulations to Rutherfordton Police Department Sergeant J. Holland for receiving the Officer of the Year award on December 6th, 2014. This award is presented to an officer each year by the Chief of Police, and is voted on by each employee of the Rutherfordton Police Department.