LOGAN — The Cache County Sheriff’s Office honored some of their deputies and other community members Wednesday night, during their annual Law Enforcement Memorial Banquet. The dinner and awards ceremony at the Cache County Event Center coincided with national Law Enforcement Week.
As part of the presentations, Sheriff Chad Jensen conferred the “Life Saving Award” to Deputy Chris Toone and 1st District Court Judge, Kevin Allen. He explained that the award was being given to them for their actions in saving the life of Floyd Veibell, who suffered a stroke during a court hearing in January.
“Deputy Chris Toone was a bailiff in Judge Kevin Allen’s courtroom, hearing a civil matter,” Jensen said. “During the proceedings, an elderly gentleman Mr. Veibell, who was party to a case, collapsed. Deputy Toone assisted Mr. Veibell to the floor, while calling for the defibrillator on the radio.
“Judge Allen, also an EMT, left the bench, took off his robe, asked the clerk to call 911 and started CPR on Mr. Veibell. When the defibrillator arrived, Deputy Toone attached the device and continued to monitor the patient until the ambulance arrived. Mr. Veibell was then safely transported to Logan Regional Hospital.”
Outstanding achievement awards were also presented to members of the patrol, jail and investigation divisions. Logan City Dispatch Supervisor Shelly Peterson was awarded the “Sheriff’s Medal” and retired deputy, Rick Black was given the “STAR Deputy of the Year Award.”
Lt. Mikelshan Bartschi presented the “Deputy of the Year Award” to Deputy Matt Hansen, who has been with the sheriff’s office since 2007. He explained that during Hansen’s 12 years of service, he has been a member of the patrol division and SWAT Team. He has also worked with youth as a school resource officer and NOVA instructor, where he was loved by school staff and students.
“Deputy Hansen’s work with the future law enforcement’s of our community shows his passion for working cooperatively with the citizens that we serve,” said Bartschi. “He has built a body of work that encompasses exceptional skill-sets and great team development. When dealing with the public, Deputy Hansen goes above and beyond. He is dedicated to each call that he takes, ensuring that everyone gets the service that is due. Deputy Hansen is an outstanding individual and a shining example of a deputy sheriff.”
Curt Jenkins and Mike Liechty from the Cache County School District were also honored by the Sheriff’s Office for their effort in protecting students. The two men have helped organize the Planning and Safety Committee, and implementing procedures for handling school emergencies.
Sheriff Jensen spoke about how the sheriff’s office has grown, from the 41 employees in 1992, to now over 175. He said, when you stop and look at everything they have done in the past year, it’s quite impressive.
“We answered just over 15,000 calls for service last year,” Jensen explained. “My best guess is that we probably made about 30,000 traffic stops. We’ve handled and managed at least 300 inmates every day, not including their families, who come to our facility. We served about 4000 civil papers and I don’t know how many dozens, and dozens of community events. We also work very closely with the school district and touch the lives of nearly 20,000 students in our schools. This is what law enforcement is.”
As part of the banquet, a moment of silence was held for fallen deputies Alma Sorensen, James Merrill, Charles Dickey, and Von Williamson. They each died while in the line of duty.