2018 Utah Sheriff’s Association Law Enforcement and Corrections Conference Awards

2018 Awards to be presented at the 2018 23rd Annual Law Enforcement and Corrections Training Conference, Awards Banquet, Tuesday evening, September 25, 2018

 

2018 Correction Officer of the Year –Deputy Jessica Moore, Salt Lake County Sheriff’s Office

In the two years Deputy Jessica Moore has been with the Salt Lake County Sheriff’s Office, she has made a huge impact.  Deputy Moore stands out as a very positive and hard working person.  She is the ultimate team player and assists anywhere she can.  Her performance and dedication to excellence stands out as an example for others to follow and constantly strives to make her team better. In her short career, Jessica has been involved in several critical incidents and lifesaving incidents; taking the lead on two separate incidents involving nonresponsive prisoners by initiating CPR.  In both situations, her decisive and quick action gave a fighting chance to two people in dire condition.  Jessica is passing on her knowledge and experience training others; teaching in the Pre-Service Academy and serves as a Correctional Training Officer.  The Utah Sheriffs’ Association is proud to recognize Deputy Jessica Moore as Correction Officer of the Year.

 

2018 Deputy Sheriff of the Year – This year there are 5 individuals nominated for Deputy Sheriff of the Year, all worked diligently on the same case (missing youths, 17 year old Brelynne “Breezy” Otteson and 18 year old Riley Powell, two bodies retrieved, and subsequent arrest of Jerrod William Baum)

Detectives Jeff Hansen and Michael Nielson, Juab County Sheriff’s Office

On January 2, 2018 reports for two missing youths were received at both Juab and Tooele County Sheriff’s Offices.  Detectives Jeff Hansen and Michael Nielson, members of the Juab/Sanpete Joint Major Crimes Task Force worked closely with the Tooele County Sheriff’s office to conduct interviews and exchange information on the case.  Investigators relied heavily on their personal knowledge of investigative leads and individuals of interest.  Investigators conducted approximately 20 lengthy and in-depth interviews and interrogations.  There were 20 plus search warrants, written and served.  The investigation involved upwards to 5,000 man hours and investigative work.  This dedication to the case resulted in the bodies of the youth to be recovered and the perpetrator to be arrested and charged.  All the detectives on the case displayed concern and compassion to the families and had a committed desire to “bring the kids home.” The Utah Sheriffs’ Association is honored to recognize Detectives Jeff Hansen and Michael Nielson as Deputy Sheriff of the Year.

Detectives Tyler Johnson and Chad Nielson, Sanpete County Sheriff’s Office

On January 2, 2018 reports for two missing youths were received at both Juab and Tooele County Sheriff’s Offices.  Detectives Tyler Johnson and Chad Nielson, members of the Sanpete/Juab Joint Major Crimes Task Force worked closely with the Tooele County Sheriff’s office to conduct interviews and exchange information on the case.  Investigators relied heavily on their personal knowledge of investigative leads and individuals of interest.  Investigators conducted approximately 20 lengthy and in-depth interviews and interrogations.  There were 20 plus search warrants, written and served.  The investigation involved upwards to 5,000 man hours and investigative work.  This dedication to the case resulted in the bodies of the youth to be recovered and the perpetrator to be arrested and charged.  All the detectives on the case displayed concern and compassion to the families and had a committed desire to “bring the kids home.”  The Utah Sheriffs’ Association is honored to recognize Detectives Tyler Johnson and Chad Nielson as Deputy Sheriff of the Year.

Lieutenant Eli Wayman, Tooele County Sheriff’s Office

On January 2, 2018 reports for two missing youths were received at both Juab and Tooele County Sheriff’s Offices.  Lieutenant Eli Wayman an investigator with the Tooele County Sheriffs’ office initiated both the Investigation and S.A.R. operations in Tooele County. Extensive S.A.R. efforts were placed in action involving Juab, Utah and Tooele County and multiple other agencies.  All investigators displayed the epitome of hard work, dedication and teamwork following up on 100 leads, approximately 20 lengthy and in-depth interviews and interrogations.  There were 20 plus search warrants written and served.  The investigation involved upwards to 5,000 man hours and investigative work.  This dedication to the case resulted in the bodies of the youth to be recovered and the perpetrator to be arrested and charged.  Eli and other investigators displayed concern and compassion to the families and had a committed desire to “bring the kids home.”   The Utah Sheriffs’ Association is honored to recognize Lieutenant Eli Wayman as Deputy Sheriff of the Year.

 

 

 

2018 Jail Commander of the Year, Lieutenant John Young

Lieutenant John Young began his career with the San Juan County Sheriff’s Office in 2002, and became jail commander in 2011. During his tenure as jail commander John has also served as a Jail Inspector for the Utah Sheriffs’ Association.  John has been described as a fair and effective inspector who works well with jail officials in carrying out the inspection process.  He has provided technical assistance to aid jail commanders.  He is very knowledgeable regarding the jail standards and shares that knowledge with others. As jail commander for San Juan County, John has greatly improved the jail operation.  He shares his knowledge with his staff and is always willing to help out.  He is an example to his staff and those that work with him. It is well deserved that the Utah Jail Commanders recognize Lieutenant John Young as Jail Commander of the Year.

 

2018 Gold Medal of Valor, Arthur Pluim, Weber County Search & Rescue Team

On January 10th 2018, Arthur Pluim completed one of the most dangerous and difficult dives of his career involving the recovery of two missing pilots in the north arm of the Great Salt Lake.  At the end of a 2-week search and assist to Box Elder County, the missing plane and two pilots were located under 20 feet of water. Wearing all available lead weights, diving in 27% salinity, and with near zero visibility Arthur felt his way around the fuselage only seeing shadows. Locating the wreckage he was able to break both the passenger and driver side windows unlocking and opening the doors, freeing both pilots from the plane.  During the underwater recovery in near freezing temperatures, Arthur sustained a leak in his dive suit, and began to experience hypothermia losing mobility.  Arthur was so close to finishing the retrieval that he fought through the cold and completed the recovery.  Arthur’s experience and dedication to complete the mission, brought closure to a long awaited search and recovery operation while putting his own life at risk.  Arthur is truly a hero and inspiration of the motto, “These things we do that others may live” The Utah Sheriffs’ Association is honored to award Arthur Pluim with the Gold Medal of Valor.

2018 Gold Medal of Valor, Deputy Austin Brewer, Grand County Sheriff’s Office

On August 1st 2017, Deputy Austin Brewer, Grand County Sheriff’s Office heard radio traffic of a male claiming to be a peace officer and discharging a firearm in the area of a local restaurant.  Upon entering the establishment Deputy Brewer identified a male matching the description.  Upon being asked to step outside, the subject refused.  A Moab City Policeman joined Deputy Brewer.  At this time the subject took a fighting stance.  Both officers moved the suspect towards the door.  At the door the suspect reached into his waist band grabbing a gun.  Both officers immediately took the suspect to the ground and fighting over the gun, the subject discharged his gun at the officers.  Deputy Brewer jammed his hand between the hammer and the firing pin of the suspect’s weapon so that it could not discharge again, while keeping the weapon pointed away from himself and the other officer until additional law enforcement arrived to assist with disarming the suspect.  Deputy Brewer’s quick actions saved countless civilians and other law enforcement officers from serious casualties or death.  The Utah Sheriffs’ Association is honored to award Deputy Austin Brewer with the Gold Medal of Valor.

2018 Gold Medal of Valor, Sergeant Aaron Thompson, Washington County Sheriff’s Office

On Christmas Day 2017, dispatchers received a 911 call indicating an eight year old child had drowned in New Harmony.  Sergeant Aaron Thompson arrived on scene 15 minutes following the call and made the decision “I was going to get him.”  Thompson who had previously served as a member of Washington County’s Search and Rescue Team understood that despite the time the victim had been under the water, the frigid water temperature, water clarity and age of the victim played a significant role in the boy’s survivability. Thompson made his way several feet onto the icy pond before breaking through the ice into the 37 degree water below.  Using his fists and forearms to break the ice, he created a pathway to the child’s location, eventually breaking the ice with the weight of his upper body.  Using a grid pattern to search for the boy and despite the elements beginning to take a significant toll on Sergeant Thompson causing him difficulty to breathe, he gave one final effort when he saw the child’s face under the surface of the water and reaching out he grabbed the boy.  The 8 year old boy, Jason, has made a full recovery.  The Utah Sheriffs’ Association is honored to award Sergeant Aaron Thompson with the Gold Medal of Valor.

 

2018 SAR Member of the Year, Kerry “Pickle” Nielson, Sanpete County Search and Rescue Team

Kerry “Pickle” Nielson’s reputation speaks louder than any words can provide. He has a positive “can do” attitude, is a hard worker and has the ability to problem solve and make things work when others struggle to come up with a solution.  Pickle is a natural leader who possesses the important characteristics of empathy, service and dedication.  He has demonstrated the proper attitude and demeanor when dealing with the public, building an extensive network of relationships with other agencies throughout the state creating a relationship of trust and increasing the capabilities of all involved.  Pickle is an Advanced EMT a member of Sanpete Counties Search and Rescue Dive, Snow Rescue, Technical Rescue and Posse Teams.  He has served as the Commander for the SAR Association and in the command staff for multiple years.  The Utah Sheriffs’ Association is honored to recognize Kerry “Pickle” Nielson as SAR Member of the Year.

 

2018 Honorary Sheriff, Chris Bertram

Chris D. Bertram, a private investigator with Bertram and Associates has over 25 years of law enforcement and investigative experience having served with several federal and local investigative task forces.   He retired as a Deputy Chief from the Salt Lake County Sheriff’s Office and was honored with recognition from the Utah Sheriffs’ Association in 1997 as Deputy Sheriff of the Year.  Chris was retained as a private investigator to investigate a false criminal claim against Sheriff Eldredge and two deputies of the San Juan County Sheriffs’ Office.  Chris’s exceptional skills in conducting an in depth investigation brought to light evidence missed by Attorney General Investigators. This evidence contributed to the false charges being dismissed.   The 7th District Court judge tossed the case citing a lack of evidence presented at the preliminary hearing. It is with deep gratitude that the Utah Sheriffs’ Association presents Chris Bertram with the Honorary Sheriff Award.

2018 Honorary Sheriff, Millard County Fire District

We recognize the tireless and committed efforts of the volunteer fire departments of the Millard County Fire District.  If not for the contributions and volunteered effort from each of these local agencies, significantly more havoc surely would have occurred, particularly in our recent fire seasons.  Sacrifice and Courage define their mission as they have defended against the spread of wildfire throughout the county.  Their ability to combine efforts and work as one when called upon is second to none; we’ve watched them unite their individual resources and spirit to address whatever challenge arrives.  No finer group of volunteer fire fighting agencies can be found.  We are forever grateful to the men and women of the Millard County Fire District who place their fellow county residents and resources above all other in times of need.  It is with deep gratitude that the Utah Sheriffs’ Association presents the Millard County Fire District with the Honorary Sheriff Award.

Remainder of Program

LAWMAN OF THE YEAR – Sheriff Rick Eldredge, San Juan County

SHERIFF OF THE YEAR – Sheriff Steve White, Grand County

SHERIFF OF THE YEAR – Sheriff Cameron Noel, Beaver County

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR’s DISTINGUISHED SERVICE AWARD:

Representative Mike Noel

Sheriff Cory Pulsipher, Washington County Sheriff

 

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7785 – Corrections Officer of the Year, Jessica Moore, Salt Lake County Sheriff’s Office

7790 – Deputy Sheriff of the Year – Detectives Jeff Hansen and Michael Nielson, Juab County Sheriff’s Office; Detectives Tyler Johnson and Chad Nielson, Sanpete County Sheriff’s Office; Lieutenant Eli Wayman, Tooele County Sheriff’s Office

7795 – Jail Commander of the Year, Lt. John Young, San Juan County Sheriff’s Office

7797 – Gold Medal of Valor – Arthur Pluim, Weber County Search & Rescue Team

7805 – Gold Medal of Valor, Deputy Austin Brewer, Grand County Sheriff’s Office

7811 – Gold Medal of Valor, Sergeant Aaron Thompson, Washington County – also received the NSA Gold Medal of Valor

7825 – SAR Member of the Year – Kerry “Pickle” Nielson, Sanpete County Search and Rescue

7827- Honorary Sheriff Award – Chris D. Bertram, Bertram & Associates

7831 – Honorary Sheriff Award – Millard County Fire District

7833 – Jail Commander Certification Academy, Jeff Nielson, Sanpete County Sheriff’s Office, Cathy Connell, Box Elder County Sheriff’s Office, Raymond Clinton, Tooele County Sheriff’s Office

7841 Gary W. DeLand Award – Attorneys:  Loni F DeLand, Peter Stirba, Tara Isaacson

7845 2018 Lawman of the Year – Sheriff Rick Eldredge, San Juan County

7953 2018 Sheriff of the Year – Sheriff Steven White, Grand County

7913 2018 Executive Director Award – Sheriff Cory Pulsipher, Washington County

7854 2018 Executive Director Award – Representative Noel

7851 2018 Sheriff of the Year – Sheriff Cameron Noel, Beaver County

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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