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The Cleveland County Sheriff’s Office took home nine awards Friday night as members of the CCSO team were honored by the Oklahoma Sheriff’s Association. Also honored was Cleveland County District 1 Commissioners Assistant Jacob McHughes who received the President’s Award for his work as a liaison for Community and Legislative Affairs.
“I am extremely proud of the CCSO team and their accomplishments,” said Sheriff Todd Gibson. “We appreciate the Oklahoma Sheriff’s Association for its work supporting the lifesaving and meritorious actions by deputies and civil employees serving Oklahomans across the state. It’s important to take time each year to honor and thank those who serve us.”
Recipients of the Lifesaving awards were Lt. Brandon Dominic, Master Sgt. Ludvig Willams, Deputy Chazdon Anderson and Deputy Colten Harris.
Harris and Williams were honored for their lifesaving action in response to a suicidal juvenile. On the scene, the deputies took cover and negotiated with the juvenile, even refusing to shoot when he pointed his gun their direction, an apparent attempt to commit “suicide by cop.” The young man was instead taken into custody for mental health treatment.
Anderson and Dominic were honored for helping save the life of a man injured in a car wreck, pulling the man away from the burning vehicle and several downed power lines.
Receiving a special Commendation was Detective Michael “Buck” Stevenson who is a member of the OKC Metro’s U.S. Marshal Service Fugitive Task Force. Stevenson was lead investigator tasked with finding one of the Top 15 USMS fugitives, Luis Octavio Frias who was accused of stabbing his former wife Janett Reyna. Frias was apprehended in January thanks to the work of Stevenson and the task force.
Capt. Jeff Cox received a Commendation for organizing the First Responder Games, a charity softball tournament involving emergency responders from Cleveland County, Moore and Norman. The charity event generated more than $15,000 for families whose children were suffering from serious illness.
Deputy Kevin Smetter was honored with the Meritorious Service Award for his work delivering civil papers throughout Cleveland County. Smetter goes above and beyond to find people and addresses, working in heat, cold, rain, ice and snow to deliver victim protection orders and other civil papers.
Civil Clerk Cathy Suttle received a Meritorious Service Award for her patience and service to people needing assistance with civil matters. In 2018, the Civil Department processed more than 3,500 documents for service by the deputies, not including documents for the Sheriff’s sales. Suttle coordinates with attorneys, the local newspaper and the county clerk’s office to ensure timely notices of civil court process and sales publications.
Also receiving the Meritorious Service Award was the Judicial Services division of CCSO for their skill in dealing with the media and the public during the recent historic opioid trials at the Cleveland County Courthouse.
McHughes was honored with the President’s Award for his work as a liaison with state lawmakers as they addressed the need for nonlethal weapons for detention officers at the state’s county jails.
Earlier in the week, Undersheriff Blake Green was recognized as Top Shooter in the OSA’s annual shooting competition of the undersheriffs. The undersheriff also won the team competition along with a shooter from Pottawattamie County. Green had a long history of success in competitive shooting during his years with the Norman Police Department. This is his second year in a row to take the top gun title in the OSA competition.