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Large number of Chattanooga police officers honored in annual awards

An impressive number of Chattanooga Police Department officers were honored Thursday in the 2016 Annual Awards Ceremony Thursday at Calvary Chapel.

Many of the awards are a result of the police officers' heroic actions on July 16, when Muhammad Abdulazeez shot at both the Armed Forces Recruitment Center on Lee Highway and the U.S. Navy Operational Support Center on Amnicola Highway.

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Five U.S. service members lost their lives at the Support Center.

The officers who received awards are:

Annual Awards

  • Patt Gibson – Civilian of the Year
  • Officer Jamaal A. Noble – Rookie of the Year (pronounced Jahmel)
  • Investigator Kendon Massengale – Investigator of the Year
  • Officer Jeremy Winbush – Patrol Officer of the Year
  • Sgt. Traci May – Supervisor of the Year
  • A/C Edwin McPherson – Manager of the Year
  • Investigator Michael Early – Officer of the Year 

Special Awards

  • CPD Explorer of the Year - Zachary Conry
  • Citizens’ Police Academy  Alumni Association - Brenda Coger
  • Chaplain of the Year  - Tuwan Ussery
  • Spirit of Community Policing – Lt. Eddie Chamberlin
  • Distinguished Alumni – Bill Cox
  • Chief’s Award - Chief Felix Vess
  • Community Partners – Codes Enforcement (Zach Wiley and Kenny Elwood) and Lawrence Curry
  • Law Enforcement Partner of the Year – Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office
  • Federal Partner of the Year - FBI

Life Saving Awards

  • Life Saving Award - Officer Ric Engle
  • Life Saving Award - Officer Jeffrey Buckner
  • Life Saving Award - Officer Aaron Williams  & Officer Jason Russell
  • Life Saving Award - K-9 Officer Steven Meador
  • Life Saving Award - Sgt. Traci May & Officer Celtain R. Batterson
  • Life Saving Award - Sgt. Bryan Churchwell

July 16th Awards
Leadership Award

  • Captain Zachary McCullough
  • Sergeant Chad Sullivan
  • Officer Grover Wilson
  • Sergeant Michael Wenger
  • Lieutenant Craig Joel
  • Lieutenant John Chambers
  • Sergeant Charlie Brown
  • Lieutenant Roger Gibbens
  • Melinda Harris
  • Sergeant Randy Noorbergen
  • Lieutenant Mark Smeltzer
  • Lieutenant Barry Burns
  • Officer Greg Chambers
  • Officer Chris Sims
  • Officer George Forbes
  • Officer Bobby Adams
  • Lieutenant Al Tallant
  • Officer Bill Curvin
  • Officer Steve Brown
  • Sergeant. Tommy Meeks 

The Police Medal

  • Officer Curtis Morris
  • Captain Zachary McCullough
  • Officer Timothy McFarland
  • Sergeant Joe Shaw
  • Officer Dennis Pedigo Jr.
  • Officer Daniel Jackson
  • Officer Daniel Anderson
  • Officer Ty Cooper
  • Officer Steve Wiertel
  • Officer Barry Vradenburg
  • Officer Christopher Palmer
  • Officer William Tallant
  • Officer Jason Randall Wood
  • Officer Todd Clay
  • Officer Jennifer McCoy
  • Officer Tim Yates
  • Officer James Plumlee
  • Officer William Epling
  • Officer Steven York
  • Sergeant Patrick Hubbard
  • Sergeant Chad Sullivan
  • Officer Benjamin Piazza
  • Officer Christian Mullinix
  • Officer Jeremy Eames
  • Officer Edward Buckman
  • Sergeant Michael Wenger
  • Officer Lucas Fuller
  • Officer Taylor Walker
  • Officer Blake Martin
  • Officer Kyle Moses
  • Officer Terry Barnes
  • Sergeant Randy Noorbergen 

Life Saving Award
For the recovery of injured Petty Officer Randall Smith who tragically passed due to injuries sustained. 

  • Officer Benjamin Piazza
  • Officer Christian Mullinix
  • Officer Edward Buckman
  • Sergeant Chad Sullivan
  • Lieutenant Craig Joel
  • Officer Jeremy Eames
  • Officer Shane Lawson
  • Officer Chad Rowe 

For the recovery of Officer Dennis Pedigo Jr.

  • Officer Curtis Morris
  • Officer Sean O'Brien
  • Officer Lucas Timmons
  • Officer Ty Cooper
  • Officer Steve Wiertel
  • Officer Barry Vradenburg
  • Officer Jason Randall Wood
  • Officer Jennifer McCoy
  • Officer Michael S. Smith

Medal of Valor Award Narrative

  • Officer Grover Wilson
  • Officer Jeff Lancaster
  • Officer Sean OBrien
  • Officer Keven Flanagan
  • Officer Lucas Timmons

Purple Heart

  • Officer Dennis Pedigo Jr.
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