Sedalia Police Department Officer Travis Lorenz was presented with the 2015 Officer of the Year Award Tuesday evening during the SPD Annual Awards Ceremony hosted at the United Methodist Church Celebration Center.
Lorenz, an eight-year veteran of the SPD, previously worked for the Pettis County Sheriff’s Office. Lorenz now works with the SPD’s K-9 Unit.
SPD Cmdr. Larry Ward introduced Lorenz and read a statement by SPD Chief John DeGonia that said his selection was based upon his dedication and duty performance for 2015 and his “overall development.”
“You have been a total team player, you are a go-to officer for advice and assistance,” Ward noted. “You have demonstrated a calm and easy going demeanor … to those around you …. You have earned the respect of all. It’s been a pleasure to watch you grow.”
DeGonia told the Democrat after the ceremony that Lorenz is a “great” police officer.
“When we decided to get the K-9 Unit, he was one of the ones we interviewed,” he said.
DeGonia added that the department has had the K-9 Unit for little more than two years.
“He did a great interview, but even before that he was very mature and he knows the law very well,” DeGonia added. “He helps others out on the shift, they come to him if there’s a problem. He might not have a supervisor role, but he certainly has the knowledge, and he does help out and answers questions. He’s always there when we need him.”
Lorenz, who attended the ceremony with his wife Amanda Lorenz, said he was surprised about receiving the award.
“I was shocked,” Lorenz said. “I was very surprised by it.”
He added that he loves working with the K-9 Unit.
“It’s been a longtime dream of mine, to be able to work with dogs,” he said. “The opportunity came up and and I was very thankful that I was able to be in that position.”
Other SPD awards for the evening included:
Letters of Commendation: Officer Michael Elwood, Officer Bradley Arnold, Officer Matt Long, Officer Christian Hardesty, Officer Derick DeSalme, Officer Casey DeVorss, Officer Mark Cherry, Officer Kevin Klein, Detective Jill Green, Detective Travis St. Cyr and Officer Christian Hardesty.
Letters of Commendation for Officers Working as a Unit: Jill Green, Neva Overstreet, Travis St. Cyr, Michael Elwood, John Cook, Caleb Richerson, A.J. Silvey and Ed Crampton.
Awards presented for participation in high-risk search warrant entries and the first award is given after participating in 20 search warrants after September 2002. An additional award is given after participating in 10 additional search warrants.
Search and Entry Ribbon:
Officers: Bradley Arnold – to date 76 entries, fourth award for 2015; William Connor – to date 36 entries, second award for 2015; Kyle Hayward – to date 26 entries, first award for 2015; Travis Lorenz – to date 94 entries, second award for 2015; Jacob White – to date 49 entries, first award for 2015; Josh Howell – to date 41 entries, first award for 2015; Preston Hesselbacher – to date 39, entries first award for 2015, Ed Crampton – to date 25 entries, first award for 2015; Todd Nappe – to date 39 entries, second award for 2015; Larry Parham – to date 229 entries, first award for 2015; Michael Elwood- to date 104, entries fourth award for 2015; Daniel Benner – to date 33 entries, first ward for 2015; Matt Sprinkles – to date 51 entries, second award for 2015; Kelley Casto – to date 97 entries, first award for 2015; Joseph McCullough – to date 113 entries, first award for 2015; David Smith – to date 204 entries, first award for 2015; Neva Overstreet – to date 40 entries, second award for 2015; and Casey DeVorss – to date 43 entries, first award for 2015.
Community Service Ribbons: Officer Michael Elwood, first award; Detective Jill Green, 16th award; Detective Travis St. Cyr, fourth award; and Neva Overstreet, second award.
Life Saving Ribbon:
Presented for a specific act, which resulted in saving another person’s life: Sgt. Ron Miller, Officer David Smith, Officer Matt Long, Officer Aaron Berry, and Officer Derick DeSalme.
Police Commendation Medal:
Presented for extraordinarily successful individual act(s), which resulted in the apprehension of criminal(s) and/or clearance of criminal offenses, or which brought significant public acclaim to the individual or the department: Sgt. Ron Miller, Officer David Smith, Officer Matt Long, Officer Travis Lorenz, Officer Christian Hardesty, Telecommunications Officer Brandon Rex, Telecommunications Officer Marianna Limanskiy, Detective Travis St. Cyr, Detective Michael Elwood and Detective Bradley Arnold.
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