SHALIMAR — Many deputies and employees of the Okaloosa County Sheriff's Office received awards and promotions Friday during the agency's annual awards ceremony.
More than 100 people filled the County Commission's board room in Shalimar to hear Sheriff Larry Ashley announce the winners
The first award of the day was presented to Ted Corcoran and Commissioner Graham Fountain, who received an achievement award for their work on the half-cent sales tax. A portion of the revenue from the tax could go toward a new communications center.
"Y'all were worth every bit of the work," Fountain said.
Deputy Matthew Langer, who has been with the Sheriff's Office since 2017, received the Deputy of the Year award.
Langer was honored for generating more than 1,670 offense reports and making more than 800 arrests, according to the Sheriff's Office. Among many other accomplishments, Langer has a case closure rate of 89 percent.
"I'm not really one to talk about myself, but I do want to thank Sheriff Ashley and Okaloosa County for this opportunity," Langer said.
Deputy Cullen Coraine was named the School Resource Deputy of the Year.
Coraine has been in law enforcement since 2003, when he started with the Walton County Sheriff's Office. He came to Okaloosa County in 2013 and was selected as a school resource officer at Liza Jackson Preparatory School in 2015.
"When you think of a school resource officer, Deputy Cullen Coraine fits the bill," one deputy read after Ashley handed Coraine the award.
Eight new deputies also were sworn in at the end of the ceremony.
A few of them had no prior experience in law enforcement, but most had transferred from other agencies.