Recognizing and honoring Logansport Police Department officers took center stage at Wednesday’s Logansport Board of Public Works and Safety meeting.

Along with Nolyn Kristopher Paul Woolever being sworn in as an honorary officer, LPD Chief Travis Yike commended his force. “Everything is team work,” he said, explaining that a patrol officer may assist a detective and a detective may assist a patrol officer. It is one unit working together for the betterment of Logansport, he said.

So, each officer really deserves a special award, Yike said, but the department chose to single out five who went above and beyond throughout last year.

Det. Jason Rozzi, Patrolman Joseph Schlosser, and Patrolman Quinn McGovern were presented with the Officers of the Year award for their courageous efforts to remove a resident at Cass Plaza Apartments during a fire. According to Yike, the officers were some of the first responders on scene and their efforts ensured everyone made it to safety, escaping possible injuries.

Others honored included Lt. Adam Morrow and Patrolman Alec Vantuinen. They received the Chief’s Award.

Morrow as well as Patrolman Tanner Prentice received the Hitting It Hard Honor for going above and beyond the call of duty. They worked extra hours rendering aid to people who were stranded and offering support to residents who required assistance.

Yike also recognized Cpl. DJ Sommers with his 15 years of service award.

The police chief asked the board for approval – and received it – for the hiring of Branson Eber as a new Logansport police officer. Eber has served as a deputy sheriff for Cass County and for the Pulaski County Sheriff’s Department. He graduated the Indiana Law Enforcement Academy in 2012 and brings more than 8 years of experience to the LPD, Yike told the board. Eber also served in the U.S. Army National Guard for 12 years, earning the rank of corporal in the airborne infantry.

He was sworn in on Wednesday by Mayor Chris Martin and LPD Assistant Chief Shawn Heishman.

Likewise, Yike asked for and received the board’s approval to appoint Logan Frushour to the Police Reserve Program. According to the police chief, Frushour has passed the physical and written portions of the testing process as well as the psychological testing process.

The new reserve officer has experience with Cass/Pulaski Community Corrections and the Cass County Sheriff’s Department.

Reach Kristi Hileman at kristi.hileman@pharostribune.com or 574-732-5150

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