January 31, 2013

Police officers recognized for outstanding behavior over career

Jessica Lane, Staff Writer,
The Express-Star

CHICKASHA — Chickasha Police Officers received citations of good conduct as well as promotions on Jan. 30, but not all of these recognitions were for recent events.

Chief of Police, Eddie Adamson acknowledged an incident that happened about three-and-a-half years ago.

Lieutenant G.G. Music, Sergeant Jason Myrko and Officer Ryan Rahlf were given a Letter of Commendation based upon the reconsideration of the recommendation of the Award Committee regarding a racially motivated attack occurred on Sept. 8, 2009, involving children.

“This event truly had an impact beyond what was perceived at the time,” Adamson said.

Adamson said that officers “left no stone unturned” in the pursuit of finding the suspects and putting them behind bars. The suspects were located and put into custody.

Adamson said that when he was getting to know the Chickasha community, the incident was brought up again and again by civilians.

“That event stood out them because of the way it was handled. It has had a long-term impact,” Adamson said.

Lieutenant  G.G. Music, FTO Jeremy Alexander, FTO Eric Burkhart, Officer Chad King, Officer Clayton Hobbs, Officer Cliff Walker and Detective John Young were given a Letter of Recommendation based upon the recommendation of the Awards Committee regarding arrests made in December for a string of burglaries.

“Some people may say that these officers were just doing their job, but they also just doing their job well,” Adamson said.

Sergeant James Weidenmaier was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant and Officer Jeremy Alexander was promoted to the rank of Sergeant.

Good conduct citations were presented to Detective Kori Brewer, Sergeant Burkhart, G.G. Music and Shanon McClain. Choosing the officers who were to receive the promotions and citations of good conduct was not easy and involved many sleepless nights, Elip Moore, Assistant Chief of Police, said.

Adamson agreed that the decision making process was difficult.

“This process for promotions was the hardest I have ever been through in my entire career,” he said.

Having too many good choices, however, is a positive dilemma, Moore said.

“Our people are quality people.”