LINCOLNTON, N.C. – The Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office law enforcement officers of the year awards were presented Tuesday night to a dedicated detention officer and a patrol deputy.
The eighth annual “Sergeant John H. Howell II Memorial Deputy Sheriff of the Year” award went to Deputy David Hendrix.
In presenting the award, Lincoln County Sheriff Bill Beam cited Hendrix for his professional demeanor, personal motivation, teamwork and his dedication to the Sheriff’s Office. Hendrix joined the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office in January 2017. Deputy Hendrix is credited with 135 arrests during 2018 most of which were felony drug related charges.
The Sgt. John H. Howell II Memorial Deputy of the Year award was started in 2011 to honor the life of Sgt. Howell who was shot and killed in the line of duty on August 26, 1973. Past winners of award are Lt. Jordan Cody, Deputy Daniel Richard, former Investigator Martin Hill, Capt. Tim Johnson, Investigator Frank Runyon, Civil Officer Todd Briggs and patrol Sgt. Steven Dombrowski.
The eighth annual “First Sergeant Thomas R. Taylor Detention Officer of the Year” award was presented to Detention Officer Corporal Brigette Covington. Officer Covington began her law enforcement career in 2002 at the Harven A. Crouse Detention Center. She is described as a person you can always depend on and who is skilled at many levels in the detention center.
Sheriff Beam cited Covington for her positive attitude, strong work ethic, and great character in performing her duties with the detention center.
The “First Sergeant Thomas R. Taylor Detention Officer of the Year” award was started in 2011 to honor the life of First Sergeant Tom Taylor who died on December 30, 2003 while on duty. Past winners of the award are First Sergeant Veda Reid, Sgt. Charlie Greene, Officers Jason Harris, Andrew Mocilan, Donna Beal, Robert Hooks Jr. and Randy McKee.
The officers of the year awards are presented for outstanding achievement that brings credit to the Sheriff’s Office and involves performance well above that which is required by the officer’s normal assignments. Permanent plaques are displayed in the lobby of the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office showing each annual recipient of the award.
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