Deputies honored during Sheriff’s Office Memorial Banquet

Cache County Sheriff Chad Jensen presents the Deputy of the Year Award to Deputy Virgil Hutton (right).

LOGAN — The Cache County Sheriff’s Office honored 17 of their deputies and staff Tuesday evening, during their Memorial Banquet. The event was part of National Law Enforcement Week.

Sheriff Chad Jensen presented the “Deputy of the Year Award” to Virgil Hutton, who transferred to Cache Valley from Florida. He explained how Hutton’s service, specifically patrolling Hyrum, has been applauded by the residents there and city officials.

“Deputy Hutton is a prime example of what every law enforcement officer should strive to be,” Jensen said. “He is community oriented, patient, he listens and works with everyone in the community that he serves. He focuses on solving problems, and is a conduit for communication between the citizens and city officials. His enthusiasm for our profession is evident and we are proud to have Deputy Hutton as part of the Sheriff’s Office family.”

Earlier, Outstanding Achievement Awards were presented to Deputy Jaime Garcia, Special Deputy KellyAnne Leavitt, Detective Denny Bird, Sgt. Chad Kerr and Deputy Travis Ricks. Sgt. Chad Kerr was also given the Purple Heart Award, and Deputy Casey Sutherland was presented with the S.T.A.R. Deputy of the Year Award.

During his closing remarks, Sheriff Jensen expressed appreciation for all the deputies. He shared how being in law enforcement forces them to see everything from the most horrible to the most humorous. Their days can be exciting or boring, but experiencing them together builds a comradery, not found in other jobs.

“In our circle, these are the things that bring us together. The things that let us know that we belong. These are the things that allow us to trust one another with our lives and these are the things that make law enforcement the best job in the world.”

As part of the banquet, the sheriff’s honor guard paid tribute to Alma Sorensen, James Merrill, Charles Dickey and Von Williamson. The four men were remembered for dying while in the line of duty.

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