Each year the Montana Sheriff’s and Peace Officers Association (MSPOA) honors Detention and Sworn Law Enforcement Officers for contributions to their professions. The individuals are nominated to receive the awards by their peers. This year we have two individuals that showed courage, rapid action, and determination in saving the lives of individuals remanded to our care.
I want to congratulate DCO Paula Smith and Deputy Ed Kingman.
Detention Center Officer Paula Smith will be awarded the Medal of Merit for her actions in saving the life of an inmate in the Gallatin County Detention Center. Paula’s instincts and quick reactions helped save a life in the Detention Center.
Deputy Ed Kingman was chosen to receive the Deputy of the Year award for his actions in saving the life of an individual trapped in a burning vehicle. Ed’s quick reactions and recognition allowed him and other responders to save the life of an individual whose car was on fire while he was trapped inside.
There will be an award ceremony on Tuesday, June 14 at 1330 hours in the Community Room of the Detention Center. You are invited to attend the ceremony to witness the accomplishments of these two individuals.