Sheriff's deputy named first recipient of American Legion honor

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American Legion Post 395 executive committee members and Okaloosa County Sheriff Larry Ashley gather to recognize Deputy Heath Hehl as recipient of the post's Law Officer of the Year award. From left are Robert Williams, Everett Gilbert, Adrienne McKinney, Hehl, Ashley, Raymond Nelson, Olson Grant, Clarence Collins, Len Ashley and George Stakley.

Special to the News Bulletin
Published: Monday, December 23, 2013 at 14:09 PM.

CRESTVIEW — Okaloosa County Sheriff's Deputy Heath Hehl is the first recipient of American Legion James McCollough Post 395's Law Officer of the Year award.

"This award recognizes a law enforcement officer who has proven personal dedication to societal security and protection," post Cmdr. Raymond Nelson said during a Dec. 9 presentation at city hall.

Hehl, who has served the sheriff's office three years, "has a thorough knowledge of the needs of the community, as his roots and ties in this community are deep,” his supervisor, Sgt. Micah Redmon, said.

Post members plan to annually recognize an officer in the Crestview Police Department, the Florida Highway Patrol or the Okaloosa County Sheriff's Office, Nelson said.

Sheriff's deputies and state troopers nominated for the award must serve in North Okaloosa County, Nelson stated in a media release.

"The recognition goes to a well-rounded law enforcement officer who has exceeded the duty requirements expected of his or her position and has demonstrated a distinct pattern of community service coupled with professional achievement,” Nelson said.

Contact News Bulletin Staff Writer Brian Hughes at 850-682-6524 or Follow him on Twitter @cnbBrian.

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