February 16, 2017 10:11 PM
It was a special day for the Duluth Police Department, as officers were recognized for their work over the past year.
The Recognition Ceremony was filled with friends and family, who support the officers at home and off the job.
It started off with promotions, including Deputy Chief Laura Marquardt.
Then it moved to special recognitions, including Police Officer of the Year. Joseph DeJesus took home that honor. Leaders say his work has been commended by both citizens and his co-workers.
"He has an easy going manner that calms people in chaotic incidents, and he's well-liked in the downtown patrol area. He's keenly aware of the problem areas and problem people in his district. He also is creative when dealing with problems. He's respected by his co-workers, and is often seen as an informal leader, as people look to him as a resource," said Lt. Tim Jazdzewski.
Commendations were handed out, for officers who worked on BB gun investigations, home burglaries, a handgun at a school, and a drug bust.
Units also received awards, including the mounted patrol, the violent crimes unit, and the crime scene investigation unit.
And last but not least, the Life-Saving Ribbons were handed out. Officers saved 14 lives using Narcan last year. Some officers prevented suicides.
Chief Mike Tusken said he wishes they could acknowledge all of the good work of the officers, but then the ceremony would be far too long. He praised his staff for being selfless.
Updated: February 16, 2017 10:11 PM
Created: February 16, 2017 04:35 PM
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