Deputy Kerem Suhi was presented with the National Sheriff’s Association Medal of Valor for an array accomplishments, including single-handily capturing two fleeing kidnapping suspects in 2013. The Medal of Valor is given for an act of outstanding personal bravery, intelligently performed, in the line of duty at imminent personal hazard of life, according to the National Sheriff’s Association.
In 2015, Suhi was honored by Gov. Rick Scott for pulling a wounded comrade to safety while under fire from a suspect.
“We don’t do it to get awards,” he said. “We don’t do it to get recognition. Sometimes, we don’t even get a handshake.”
Still, Suhi got plenty of handshakes and a huge round of applause from the dozens of citizens and deputies who came to show their appreciation Friday.
Among others who were recognized were Law Enforcement Officer of the Quarter Deputy Justin Fountain, who showed exceptional patience and consideration to affected children during abuse call, and Law Enforcement Officer of the Year Deputy Michelle Wert, who helped identify four murder suspects and a fifth conspirator accused of paying off witnesses.
Sheriff David Morgan said Wert was selected as Officer of the Year for “her diligence in her work performance with the homicide unit and holding violent criminals accountable for their actions.”
Morgan awarded a Civilian Service Medal to U.S. Air Force Capt. Elton Herrick for helping rescue his neighbors out of rubble when an EF-3 tornado hit Pensacola on Feb. 23.
After the storm buried several people under debris, Herrick and his wife followed the voices of neighbors and helped pull them from the debris. The Herricks saved a total of five people, including a young couple and their baby.
A full list of awardees is available at facebook.com/OfficialECSO.
(from an article by Kevin Robinson of the Pensacola News Journal)