Deputy Giovanni Cucci – Deputy of Month – July 2017
Field Services – Deputy Cucci, through keen investigative skills and unwavering persistence, recovered stolen property and made six arrests related to these thefts.
Deputy Casey Scott – Deputy of Month – October 2017
Field Services – Deputy Scott, while serving a criminal warrant, was assaulted by the subject’s wife, allowing the suspect to flee. Dep Scott quickly deployed his taser to prevent his escape but was unsuccessful as the subject broke the wires. The subject was armed with 3 razor knives, cut his own wrists and brandished the knives at the deputy. He again attempted to flee and Dep Scott tackled him to the ground and sprayed the subject. He was then able to take the subject into custody and summoned EMS to tend to the subject’s injuries. Dep Scott could have easily pulled his weapon but remained calm and level headed, even while facing personal injury, and resolved this dangerous situation with extreme professionalism.
Investigator Rodney Brisentine – ICAC – Deputy of Month- October 2017
ICAC Investigator Brisentine was off duty when he heard of Dep Scott’s situation with this knife wielding subject and quickly responded to the address to assist and aided in this arrest.
Deputy Kevin Doherty – Co- Deputy of Month- December 2017
Deputy Ryan Hartman- Co-Deputy of Month- December 2017
Field Services – In recognition of these two deputies with their extremely high work ethic, they are being commended for their tremendous effort in keeping the citizens and visitors of Bedford County safe while on our roads and in our neighborhoods.
Dep Doherty made 2 drug and 5 DUI arrests, served 9 criminal warrants and closed out 8 cases. He issue 60 traffic summons, made 58 calls for service and responded to 28 back up calls.
Dep Hartman made 12 drug and 4 DUI arrests, served 27 criminal warrants and closed out 23 cases. He issued 21 traffic summons, made 82 calls for service and responded to 9 back up calls.
Deputy Rachel Cocke – Deputy of Month – January 2018
Evidence Technician – A deputy had seized a small package of a white powdery substance that a resident said she received in the mail. The deputy was going to field test the substance, thinking it was cocaine. Deputy Cocke prevented the deputy from doing the field test, for fear that the substance may be much more dangerous than cocaine, and advised that package needs to be sent to the forensic lab to analyze.
Deputy Cocke quite possibly saved this deputy’s life since the results from the lab identified the substance to be the highest concentration of Fentanyl they had seen to date. Should the deputy had touched or inhaled any of this white powder; he would have immediately been overdosed by the drug.
Investigator Robert Ferguson- Feb 2018
Deputy Ferguson was promoted to Investigator with the ICAC unit.
Sgt Randy Rowland – Deputy of Month Feb 2018
Animal Control – Through innovative ideas and additional training, Sgt Rowland has made significant measures to improve his unit through both code-compliant equipment and new initiatives. Through outreach with local veterinarians, he has increased the unit’s knowledge in animal sciences and has mentored his younger deputies in professionalism and education.
Deputy David Bishop – Life Saving Award
Field Services – When responding to a call, he prevented a young man from committing suicide by calmly talking to him and removing the subject from the dangerous situation.
Mr. Don Hicks – Good Samaritan Award
During a power outage in Forest, the rail road gates came down, and were stuck. Drivers were driving around the gates to get through. Mr. Hicks took it upon himself to block traffic from crossing the tracks. He knew that just because the power was out, that would not prevent a train from passing through and he was worried for the safety of the drivers. He spent over 3 hours diverting traffic away from the railroad crossing.