The Asheville Police Department recognized the exemplary service of officers, employees and volunteers at it annual awards banquet, held March 31 at the Crest Mountain Pavilion.
The event highlights achievements of individuals within the force, touching on instances where the actions of APD officers intervened in criminal or potentially hazardous situations. Some of those, noted APD Chief Bill Hogan, were high profile cases covered in the media and others were not as well known. Regardless of the exposure, Hogan said that these members of the department had provided an invaluable service to the Asheville Community.
“This is a special opportunity to recognize the men and women of this department,” Hogan said. “Whether you are here tonight as an officer or an employee of this organization, thank you for providing the dedicated professional service that you do.”
The evening’s Master of Ceremonies was Asheville resident Harry Anderson, star of the hit television show “Night Court” and renown comedian and magician. Anderson kept the evening full of laughs, but also spoke about his respect for the men and women of the police department.
“You guys are extraordinary individually and extraordinary as a group,” Anderson said. “My admiration for what you do mounts on a daily basis.”
Asheville native and “American Idol” contender Caleb Johnson opened the ceremony by singing the national anthem.
Award winners included:
Volunteer of the Year: Sarah McDevitt
Chaplain’s Award to: Lt. Rae Ferguson
Explorer of the Year: Myjenta Spivey
Employee of the Year: Christine Devico (non sworn)
Officer of the Year: Sonia Escobedo