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Kentucky State Police Announce Civilian Employee Of The Year And Other Awards

Date of News Release: 10/23/2014

Walton, Ky.-resident Dacia Wood received the Kentucky State Police Civilian Employee of the Year Award from KSP Commissioner Rodney Brewer on Oct. 23. An eight-year veteran of the agency, Wood is a Police Telecommunications Shift Supervisor at KSP Post 6 in Dry Ridge, Ky

(FRANKFORT, Ky.) - Twenty-five civilian employees were honored today by the Kentucky State Police at a ceremony highlighting their performance and public service during the past year.

Walton-resident Dacia Wood was named KSP Civilian Employee of the Year. An eight-year veteran of the agency, Wood is a Police Telecommunications Shift Supervisor at KSP Post 6 in Dry Ridge.

Wood was recognized for excellence in performing her daily duties and a "service to others" attitude demonstrated by her actions on Dec. 23, 2013 when a woman came to Post 6 inquiring about the Shop with a Trooper program. Although the post had already completed the program for the holidays, Wood spent some time with the woman and identified what assistance she needed: a bicycle for her son and a warm coat for her daughter.

Organizing a last minute collection among post employees, Wood met the woman at Wal-Mart and purchased a bike, a coat and other various items the family needed. In addition to the money donated from post employees, she spent almost $100.00 dollars of her own money to give the family a good Christmas.

"This selfless act is a tribute to Dacia's character and her belief in service to others. The mother was extremely appreciative and the family will forever know one important thing about the Kentucky State Police.....WE CARE," said KSP Commissioner Rodney Brewer. "As an agency, we are fortunate to be supported by employees like Dacia and the others receiving awards this year."

Other KSP civilian employees who received awards included:

Police Communications Support Award

Jessica Beverly, Police Telecommunicator II, Post 5-Campbellsburg
Nita Franklin, Police Telecommunicator II, Post 4-Elizabethtown
Barbara West-Thompson, Police Telecommunicator II, Post 9-Pikeville

Clerical Support Service Award

Harold Peffer, Administrative Specialist II, KSP Supply Branch, Frankfort
Rhonda Rich, Administrative Specialist II, Post 6-Dry Ridge
Lisa Troutman, Administrative Specialist III, Central Lab Branch, Frankfort
Pat Young, Administrative Specialist II, Post 11, London

Driver Testing Administrative Support Award

West Region: Adam Cummins, Certified Driver's Test Administrator I
East Region: James Malone, Certified Driver's Test Administrator I

Forensic Services Support Award

Brittany Ross, Forensic Scientist Specialist II, Central Laboratory Branch, Frankfort
Ann Smith, Forensic Scientist Specialist I, Western Laboratory Branch, Madisonville
Michael David, Forensic Laboratory Supervisor, Central Laboratory Branch, Frankfort

Commercial Vehicle Support Award

Ellen Crafton, Administrative Specialist II, Region 1, Henderson
Robert Jent, Administrative Specialist I, Region 2, Louisville

Administrative Support Service Award

Kerry Salyers, Helicopter Pilot II, Aircraft Branch
Shiann Sharpe, Internal Policy Analyst III, Criminal Identification & Records Branch

Administrative Support Supervisor Award

Bill Booze, Administrative Branch Manager, Properties Management Branch

Scientific Support Service Award

Marvin Hayden, Polygraph Examiner III, Central Laboratory Branch, Polygraph Section

Computer Technology Technical Support Award

Devin Schaney, Network Technician III, Communications & Computer Technologies Branch

Communication Technical Support Service Award

Jason Williams, Network Analyst III, Post 10, Harlan

Records Technical Support Service Award

Dustin Abbott, Geoprocessing Specialist III, Criminal Identification & Records Branch

Maintenance Support Service Award

Joey Schoenbaechler, Carpenter, Post 12, Frankfort

Properties Management & Supply Technical Support Service Award

Doug Wehr, Property Officer II, Properties Management Branch

Operational Support Award

Alicia Parham, Criminal Intelligence Analyst II, Post 5, Campbellsburg

"These award winners represent the best of the best of our civilian employees," said Brewer. "They truly are the underpinning of the Kentucky State Police and epitomize the professional image that we constantly strive to project."