Several members of the Madison County Sheriff’s Office were recognized at the 2016 Southern Illinois Law Enforcement Commission and Southern Illinois Police Chiefs Association Awards banquet Jan. 20.
Telecommunications Officer Terrence Charleston receives Telecommunicators award
Nominated by Sheriff John D. Lakin, this award goes to a telecommunicator who serves in an exemplary manner and whose service has enhanced public safety in his or her community.
Charleston has been employed by the Sheriff’s Office as a telecommunicator since Jan. 27, 1992, and currently serves as the assistant PSAP manager. He plays a crucial role in maintaining this agency’s Law Enforcement Agency Data System records/hot files, and is in large part the primary reason the agency scored well when the FBI conducted its Criminal Justice Information Systems audit in March 2015. Charleston is tasked with maintaining the telecommunication work schedule and is more often than not adjusting his own schedule and filling in where he can to help keep the amount of overtime down. Most importantly, however, Charleston is an excellent telecommunicator who always keeps a level head. He handles every call, no matter the severity, with utmost professionalism and integrity. He is polite, courteous, professional, patient and effective with the public and first responders he serves. His 23-plus years of experience, matched with his dedication to the organization, has set the standard of what it means to be excellent. Charleston’s continuous delivery of high-quality public service commands respect, gratitude and recognition.
Deputy Sheriff Timothy Lawrence receives Lifesaving award
Nominated by Sheriff John D. Lakin, this award is given to a law enforcement officer or citizen credited with saving the life or lives of others.
On March 7, while traveling west on Illinois 162 near the intersection of Santa Anita Drive in Maryville, a vehicle traveled into Lawrence’s lane of traffic. He swerved his patrol vehicle to avoid being struck and turned around to take enforcement action. Lawrence then observed the vehicle, which had appeared to have crashed into the roundabout, on Illinois 162 at the intersection of Lakeview Acres Road.
Lawrence approached the vehicle and observed the engine compartment on fire. He found the driver of the vehicle was still seated in the driver’s seat and was unconscious. Lawrence rushed to the vehicle, removed the driver from the vehicle and pulled him from the area. The Maryville Police Department, Maryville Fire Department and emergency medical services personnel responded.
Detectives Lt. David Vucich and Sgt. Brian Koberna receive Medal of Valor award
Nominated by Edwardsville Police Chief Jay Keeven and Sheriff John D. Lakin, this is the highest award presented by the association. It is awarded to law enforcement personnel or citizens who distinguish themselves by conspicuous bravery or heroism above and beyond the normal demands of police service or that which is expected of a citizen.
On Wednesday, April 15, Vucich and Koberna assisted the Edwardsville Police Department with service of search warrant on a child pornography case. Officers took positions on the exterior of the residence while attempting to make contact with the suspect. After making contact with the suspect, one of the officers shook hands with the suspect and introduced himself. The suspect attempted to physically retreat back into his residence. Officers attempted to gain control of the suspect and during the struggle observed the suspect to possess, and attempt to point at them, a handgun. Although one of the officers received a non-life-threatening injury during the altercation, officers were able to gain control of the suspect and the handgun.