The men and women of the Tennessee Department of Safety do an outstanding job of protecting our citizens every day. The department recently recognized several that have gone above and beyond the call of duty last year, including Nathan W. Hall, who was named Tennessee Highway Patrol 2012 Trooper of the Year.
After a request for assistance from the Kingsport Police Department to join a search for a 15-year-old girl, Hall found her on a rock cliff about 60-70 feet high. He scaled the cliff while talking to the girl to keep her calm. When he reached her, he handcuffed himself to her and with the help of a Kingsport Fire Department truck ladder took the girl down to safety.
That is only one example of serious, decisive actions that our troopers take every day. They never know on any given day what their job might involve. That’s where training, skill, judgment and true dedication to public service are put to the test.
Along with Hall’s recognition, other outstanding officers received awards including:
Sgt. Jamie Jarrett, Memphis District Trooper of the Year
Trooper Jon Judge, Lawrenceburg District Trooper of the Year
Trooper Eric Miller, Knoxville District Trooper of the Year
Charles ‘Tommy’ Lyles, Chattanooga District Trooper of the Year
Trooper Vincent Turocy, Nashville District Trooper of the Year
Trooper John Grinder, Nashville District Trooper of the Year
Trooper Dewaine Jennings, Cookeville District Trooper of the Year
Trooper Jason Kirk, Jackson District Trooper of the Year
Trooper Jeffrey Boyd, THP Investigative Trooper of the Year
Trooper Jeffrey Buchanan, Administrative District Trooper of the Year
Sgt. Wayne Dunkleman, Interdiction Trooper of the Year
Troopers honored for DUI enforcement in their districts included:
Michael Cummins, Nashville; Michael Marvin, Nashville; Jonathan Street, Fall Branch; Charles ‘Tommy’ Lyles, Chattanooga; Jeffrey Appleba, Fall Branch; Charles Achinger, Nashville; Jason Kirk, Jackson; and Chad Bilbrey, Nashville.
Tonya Hattaway was named Dispatcher of the Year, and other dispatcher awards went to Trina Hinchey, Knoxville; David Josh Winters, Chattanooga; Darlene Hauskins, Nashville; Tequila N. Daniels; Memphis; Rebecca Casey, Fall Branch; Cynthia Krause, Lawrenceburg; and Adam Forsythe, Jackson.
Congratulations to all of these award winners. We are grateful to them and their colleagues in the Department of Safety for their willingness to serve with the mission of keeping Tennesseans safe.