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Law enforcement 'Explorers' honored

Story By: Brad Francis



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  Original Published: 2/26/2014

Local law enforcement 'Explorers' are being recognized for their achievements and public service.

The Richland County Sheriff's Office presented awards to more than a dozen students at the annual Explorers awards banquet. Explorers Post 4700 recognized its members with various awards such as community service hours, Explorer of the Year, and outstanding service.

Sheriff Steve Sheldon and Community Policing Deputy Gary Kiener recognized individuals for their outstanding service to the community, various areas of achievement, and participation in the explorers program.

Koryn Ray of Mansfield Senior High was recognized for the most hours of service within a 6 month period having achieved over 75 hours of community service. Explorer Cody Davis and Post Sergeant Dakota Essicks (both of Madison Comprehensive High School), along with Post Lieutenant Jacob Frazier (Ontario High School) were recognized for their outstanding service of over 100 hours of community service.

Post Sergeant Ashley Cananakamp (of Madison Comprehensive High School) was recognized by her peers as the Explorer of the Year.

Sheriff Sheldon and Deputy Kiener also recognized the explorer advisory team including several whom are parents of explorers. Advisor Tanita Davis (mother of Cody Davis), Advisor Richelle Sturgill (mother of Dakota Essicks), Advisor and Special Deputy Eric Dzugan (father of Michael Dzugan), Advisor Victoria Martin, Advisor Vaugn Yates, and Advisor Derrick "Chappy" Martin (RCSO Staff Chaplain). Kiener stated, "Without the help of the advisors, a lot of the things wouldn't happen. They have volunteered a lot of time to help make this program successful."

The Sheriff's office has been involved with the Boy Scouts of America Law Enforcement Explorer's Program since the early 80's. Sheriff Steve Sheldon noted while addressing the explorers that there have been many former members of the explorers who have gone on to join the department in the capacity of corrections officers and road patrol deputies.

The Explorer's Program is open to both young men and women from ages 14-21 who have an interest in understanding law enforcement or pursuing a career in law enforcement. Focusing on the aspects of general law enforcement training, the Explorers Program is noted for also building integrity, character, value, and self-esteem into the lives of young men and women.

For more information about the Richland County Sheriff's Office Explorers Program, please contact Community Policing Deputy Gary Kiener at 419-774-3571 or visit the Explorers website at www.RCSOExplorers.org.

Congratulations to all of the winners.

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