|VSA chooses Franklin County K-9 officer for honor|
Sgt. Brandt Gawor with the Franklin County Sheriff’s Office, center, accepts the Virginia Sheriff’s Association Deputy of the Year award from VSA President Beth Arthur. To his right is Sheriff Bill Overton.
Monday, September 30, 2013
Sgt. Brandt Gawor with the Franklin County Sheriff's Office has been named Deputy of the Year by the Virginia Sheriff's Association.
Gawor, a deputy for eight years, is a K-9 officer and has placed second in the Iron Dog Challenge on three occasions, according to Sheriff Bill Overton.
Gawor is also an Emergency Response Team member and a patrol sergeant, Overton said.
In 2012 when the sheriff's office created a boat patrol at Smith Mountain Lake, Gawor volunteered to lead the patrol. He developed a training program for other deputies, as well as strategies for patrol and enforcement.
"Sgt. Gawor leads by example and mentors his platoon with a positive attitude," Overton said. "He goes above and beyond the call of duty on a consistent basis."
Gawor has won the MADD award for the most DUI arrests for six consecutive years.
In November 2012, Gawor collected non-perishable food, water, blankets and coats for the victims of Hurricane Sandy. He drove the trailer to New Jersey and distributed the items to fellow officers and their families who lost their homes in the storm.
"Sgt. Gawor did this on his days off with the thought that it would not affect his work schedule," Overton said.