Police Department Awards Ceremony February 2018

Det. Justin HodgesTime: 7 p.m.
Date: Thursday, February 22, 2018
Location: Walker Hall, Paducah

Det. Justin Hodges was named the Paducah Police Department’s Employee of the Year for 2017 at the department’s annual Awards Ceremony Thursday evening. (Photo:  Det. Hodges (left) with Police Chief Brandon Barnhill)

Hodges, who was promoted to Sergeant on Feb. 8, joined the PPD in November 2009. He has spent the past several years as a detective and a member of the department’s Digital Forensics Unit.  He was nominated by his Captain, Justin Crowell. (Nomination Form for Det. Hodges)

The Employee of the Year was one of several awards presented Thursday evening. Hodges, Officer Travis Counts, Det. Corey Willenborg and Officer Nickolas Francescon were nominated.

Five citizens were honored with Civilian Service Awards. They were: Sammie McElvain, Jason Sesock, Shela Mitchell, Kerria Bruyns and Raven Freeman.

Additionally, the following awards were presented:
Safe Driving Awards:
Officer Nickolas Francescon – Five years
Capt. Joseph Hayes, Capt. Justin Crowell, Officer Gretchen Morgan, Det. Corey Willenborg, Officer Joshua Bryant and Det. Beau Green – 10 years

Services Commendations:
Capt. Matthew Smith, Sgt. Christopher Bolton, Sgt. Nathan Antonites, Officer Travis Counts, Officer Jarrett Woodruff, Officer Derik Perry, Officer Matthew Hopp, Officer Lucas Stone, Officer Ryan Hudson, Officer Nicholas Rolens, Officer A.J. Parrish, Det. Nathan Jaimet, Det. Matthew Scheer, Det. Blake Quinn, Officer Dana Davie, Officer Justin Canup, Officer Eric Taylor, Sgt. Ryan Conn, Det. Matt Wentworth, Det. Corey Willenborg and Det. Beau Green

Chief’s Award:
Officer Kevin Wilson and Crime Analyst Michael Zidar