Service Member of the Year Contest
Do you know an active duty Police Officer, Fire Fighter, or EMS Member that has gone above and beyond in the line of duty? Major Police Supply is holding a contest to honor these individuals. To nominate a service member, enter their name, department, their contact telephone number and email as well as your contact information as the nominator. Please include a story as to why they should be chosen as the winner and why you feel they should be recognized and honored. The story submitted on their behalf will be featured on our website contest page and social media pages. We will select one winner each month who will be in the running to win the grand prize of $5,000 towards their child's education or to be donated to a charity of their choosing.
- The service member must be an active duty Police Officer, Fire Fighter, or EMS member for a department in the United States
- Each month we will accept submissions/ nominations on our website contest page for a Police Officer, Firefighter, or EMS member. One monthly winner will be chosen. The monthly winner's photo and the story submitted on their behalf will be featured on our website and social media pages.
- A three person committee will select the winner for each month.
- The monthly winner will be entered as a contestant into the year-end contest for the Service Member of the Year.
- During January, our readers can go on our Facebook page and vote for one grand prize winner from the monthly contestants.
- One Service Member of the Year grand prize winner will receive a $5,000 scholarship for a family member or can have it donated in their name to a charity of their choice.
Prize: $5,000 Scholarship
Click on the Month below to read the stories submitted on the winners behalves.
January - Lt. Roger Posey
Lt. Roger Posey's Story
Lt. Posey started his career in public safety as a Firefighter for Brushy Mountain fire Department a small community south of Muskogee, OK. Completing training at Oklahoma State University Fire Service academy while still in high school. When hurricane Katrina hit Lt. Posey knew he had to do something and joined the American Red Cross and took leave from his full time employment to serve the survivors of Katrina spending five months at Camp Gruber in Braggs, OK. Lt. Posey continued to serve the American Red Cross traveling the country for every major natural disaster that has occurred. Lt. Posey has been a counselor at Oklahoma Boys State since 2004 and is currently a Senior Counselor and is over the Law Enforcement training academy. Lt. Posey joined the Muskogee County Sheriff’s Office as an unpaid Reserve Deputy and worked countless shifts and events many after working a shift at his full time employment. Lt. Posey then became a full time Deputy with the Sheriff’s Office and worked to improve the public relations between law enforcement and the community. In 2014 Lt. Posey joined the Bacone College Campus Police Department and is the training coordinator and Public relations liaison. Lt. Posey has worked tirelessly to build a community policing program that has drastically improve the relationship between law-enforcement and students lowering crime rates and raising the graduation rates of the college. Lt. Posey personally mentors students and assists them if they are running low on food or need help. He assists them in finding employment while at the college and future employment after graduating. When the hurricane struck Texas this year Lt. Posey and local businesses started a Water and supplies donation drive and filled three semi-trailers for the people of Texas. Lt. Posey then followed the semis to south Texas and delivered the water and supplies to small towns on the gulf. While in Texas Lt. Posey and a small group from Muskogee delivered supplies and did rescues until a broken levy had them caught in swift water and their boats engine quit having to be rescued themselves just before their boat hit a bridge and sank. After the tragedy in Las Vegas members of the public were wanting Active Shooter Civilian Response Training. Lt. Posey took it upon himself to offer life-saving training at no cost and now travels the state going to business, churches, and community organizations providing the training on his time off at no cost. In my mind Lt. Posey is a true hero and his service to his community should be recognized. Lt. Posey is the type of person that would give his last dollar to help someone in need.
February - Det. Dan Webb
Detective Dan Webb's Story
Dan is a peace officer, who takes high regard to serving his community and his department. He is highly dedicated individual with a long lasting passion for Law Enforcement. Him and I have been friends for many years and although we may not live in the same state I do know he is someone of Trust and Integrity.
March - Sgt. Taylor Boutin
Sgt. Taylor Boutin's Story
Sgt. Taylor Boutin always goes out of his way for the citizens of Breaux Bridge! From buying food for the homeless to helping kids in different neighborhoods! He is also a volunteer Football/ Basketball coach for a homeschool academy. He dedicates his life to helping people and has been doing so for years! In addition to helping citizens, he also helps the little 4 legged citizens roaming around. He is an animal lover and cares for animals in need also. Sgt. Taylor Boutin is a role model!
April - Officer Katie Bonham
Officer Katie Bonham's Story
Katie has had everything possible thrown at her, both professionally and personally, yet she still has the drive and determination to make a positive difference in the world. Personally she is a strong woman who holds two degrees and is the single mother of a little girl all the while overcoming the daily struggle to survive. She was with a Sheriff's Department for over eight years in one of Alabama's drug thoroughfares seeing it all, and making it to the position of investigator. In these trying years, one of the many events showing her the true evil of the world was that of her Training Officer being killed by a suspect on a traffic stop, she fired at the suspect and commanded him out of his vehicle ending with the apprehension of the suspect. This is a deep scar she hides well for the world, but I know it will forever be a haunting memory. She has now moved on to a police department closer to family and is currently a school resource officer giving some of the next generation a role model to look up to all the while working on her masters. She sets a true example for others to follow, and is a truly deserving person of the honor mentioned.
May - Officer Josh Thomas
Officer Josh Thomas' Story
I feel like he should be nominated as the Service Member of the year because he goes above and beyond daily. He has been a police officer for 3 years now and has been recognized on several occasions and awarded a life-saving medal for stopping someone from jumping off of a bridge and ending his life. He has a huge heart and would give anyone the shirt off of his back.
June - Captain Justin Hoffer
Captain Justin Hoffer's Story
It’s with honor to nominate Justin Hoffer for Responder of the year of 2018. Justin Hoffer was my CPR instructor when I took my CPR class. Justin gave me the confidence in the ability to perform this life-saving skill. My name is Matthew Hardison and as an athletic coach and former defensive tackle football player on the practice squad for the New York Jets, I have realized that the skill is a necessary skill to learn. Anything can happen on the court or field. On Monday, May 21, 2018 at 8:00pm I was coaching a basketball team at Aberdeen Middle School. One of my players went down and I quickly performed CPR the way Justin taught me. While I was performing CPR with the other coaches EMS arrived and I saw both Justin and other EMTs. They worked on my basketball player. Well I never thought that a 16-year-old could go into cardiac arrest suddenly, it was all new to me. I did everything Justin taught me. Eventually while the EMTs took over CPR, my basketball player regained his pulses back and tried to breath on his own. Justin reassured me and told me that I did everything great and that he is so proud of me. Deep down I am so proud of Justin for responding to this call and for teaching me CPR. Justin did amazing on scene and comforted us and the kid’s parents. Ultimately my player is alive and that is all that matters. If it wasn’t for Justin teaching me this life-saving skill, and if it wasn’t for Justin being hard on me while training we wouldn’t have this child alive today. There are no words that I could say to thank Justin so much for everything he has done for me, for the child, and for the child’s family. I asked one of Justin’s peers who to write to and she gave me this website to nominate him, so I did. In my eyes Justin is a true hero and a staple to your EMS community and to the education community.
July - LT. Geno Turo
Lt. Geno Turo's Story
I feel that he should be nominated because of the hard work and the hours that he works every day. LT Turo will come in around 9:00am in the morning and work with his morning time crew who do D.A.R.E. / G.R.E.A.T program in all of the city schools here in Syracuse, Recruitment Section and also community relations section. Then around 4pm he will start his roll call shift with the crime reduction team who work until 2:00am five days a week. So he is working 9am-2am most days and also has time to raise his 8 kids that he has who are all 2 years apart of each other. He is a great leader and boss and he is someone who you would want to work for and he knows how to push his guys the right way. The crime reduction team has broken every record there has been with him in charge of that unit. They are the elite team of the department. The main function of the Crime Reduction Team is to reduce crime and violence in the City of Syracuse through proactive patrol tactics and strict enforcement of city ordinances, penal, and vehicle & traffic laws. CRT concentrates its activities in designated troubled neighborhoods, responds to shots fired calls, and supports uniform patrol operations when necessary. That unit has even broke more records than any other unit has in the past couple years. Even while working all these crazy hours and in charge of different units from morning to night time he also trains all different age athletics from the age of 6 all the way up to 50. He is a mentor to many people and he is the one person that you can look up to. He is the one person that you can call any time of day and ask for help and he would be there for you no matter how hard it is or what is in the way of him. He was also the pastor of our local baseball team and helps out at his church whenever he can. He is someone who everyone likes and trusts and would go to if they wanted to talk about something or just hangout in his office with him.
August - dEPUTY bRIAN aNDERSON
Deputy Brian Anderson's Story
Brian has been an outstanding role model for myself and many others. I’ve known Brian for many years now and we continue to keep in contact despite our busy lives. He’s been a SRO, Metro Star Member, and Supervisor with explorers. Brian pushes people to do their best and to be positive in doubtful situations. Brian has a beautiful family and does everything he can for them. Brian leads everyday as an example of a proper gentleman and he deserves nothing but the best in return! I nominate Brian Anderson because he is a leader, a positive role model, and a loving family man.
September - DEPUTY STEVEN THOMSON
Deputy Steven Thomson's Story
He is a man that does more for others before he does for himself. He has earned the firefighter of the year. He was challenged to keep flames from burning a co-worker & the victim stuck in a truck that was burning from the bottom like a stove. He is also a reserve county sheriff deputy. He puts absolutely so much time in & even goes out & does warrants for the county without any pay.
October - Rolando Montenegro
Rolando Montenegro's Story
Monte has served the city of Hialeah citizens for 15 years and I was lucky to serve as his Lieutenant for a few years. He was recently diagnosed with Stage 4 colon cancer and after surgery and chemotherapy has miraculously gone into remission. My hats off to this husband, father and friend for never giving up.
November - Michael rodriguez
Michael Rodriguez's Story
I am honored to nominate Michael Rodriguez for the Service Member of the Year. Michael has been an EMT for 18 years and 10 of them with New York Presbyterian Hospital EMS. I think the true reason Michael should be the service member of the year is for his patients and crew.
Michael truly understands the concerns and needs of his patients. He was dedicated to his role as EMT on the ambulance, and no matter how many reports he had to write or little sleep he got the night before, he was always willing and ready to take the next patient with a smile. The department receives many thank you cards from grateful patients and appreciative citizens and many times they do not remember the EMT or paramedic that cared for them, but if Michael provided them care, they seemed to always remember his calm demeanor and gentle smile. No matter the patient’s criticality, he would provide a reassuring voice and outstanding attention to detail. What I will remember the most about working with Mike is his equal concern and attention provided to each patient. Spending this much time in NYC, Michael got to know many patients, some because of their severe illness or injury and others because of their perceived severe illnesses. If it was the patient’s first time in an ambulance or the patient’s thirtieth, they would be greeted with a helpful attitude and a paramedic devoted to providing the care he would like his loved ones to receive.
Besides providing quality care, Michael was dedicated to making the department a family. He was instrumental in the annual appreciation dinner and always wanted to be involved in the shift’s dinner. It was generally known, if Michael was on, it would be a good shift.
I am humbled to have worked with Michael and to have learned what true patient care and patient advocacy look like. Positively representing NYP EMS and caring for thousands of citizens for over 10 years is a worthy honor of any person but doing so in the manner Michael did is worthy of recognition.
December - Sergeant Evan Lacross
Evan Lacross's Story
Evan has been a police officer since he was 18. Now 21, he has seen things 90% of people wouldn’t dream of seeing. He has saved lives and protected his community to the fullest. Being so young, he has ran into a lot of doubters but he continues to prove them wrong everyday. He is a Police Officer.