The Johns Creek Police Department recognized several officers for exceptional public service for 2012 and 2013 at the Johns Creek Police Awards Banquet Dec. 7 at St. Ives Country Club.
"We have set a high standard for professionalism and service in Johns Creek," said Police Chief Ed Densmore. "Any number of officers could have won these awards, but we chose the officers who we believe have consistently gone above and beyond what duty requires."
Officers were nominated by peers and chosen by a select committee of officers and command staff.
Uniform Patrol Officer Dimitri Caldwell was named the 2012 Officer of the Year, and Detective James Harris was Officer of the Year for 2013.
Records Clerk Alex Medina was selected as the 2012 Employee of the Year, while his colleague, Records Clerk KaceyAnn Anderson, was chosen as the 2013 Employee of the Year.
Lt. Chris Byers, who works as a JCPD public information officer, conducts internal investigations, and oversees promotions and hiring, received the Leadership Award for 2012. Lt. Jason Harper, who oversees much of the department's training, received the 2013 Leadership Award.
Densmore personally picked Sgt. Ronnie Young of the Traffic Unit for the 2012 Chief's Award and Detective Cpl. Kevin Rampley for the 2013 Chief's Award.
Officer Duane Ferree earned the Lifesaving Award for 2012 for resuscitating a girl who had overdosed on drugs. Cpl. Charles Kistler received the 2013 Lifesaving Award for rescuing two children from a burning house.
D Squad, which patrols the city at night, was tapped as 2012 Squad of the Year. C Squad, which also protects Johns Creek residents and businesses at night, was chosen for 2013 Squad of the Year.
Editor's note: Information and photo provided by Doug Nurse, Public Information Officer for the City of Johns Creek.