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.
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