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February 1, 2013

Glenda Vassar first female to win ‘officer of the year’

NORMAN — The Norman Crimestoppers Committee presented the 15th Annual Public Safety Awards banquet Thursday night at Norman’s Holiday Inn.

Norman Police Officer Glenda Vassar was the first female officer to receive the Police Officer of the Year award. Vassar has worked as a Norman officer for two-and-a-half years and was commended by Chief of Police Keith Humphrey as someone who “truly goes the extra mile.”

“Officer Vassar exemplifies the mission statement of the Norman Police Department in every aspect of her daily duties,” said Humphrey as he read from her supervisor’s nomination letter.

Whether Vassar was building community relations with business owners within her beat, keeping Campus Corner alleyways clean to make it more appealing for future patrons and businesses, or making sure a juvenile didn’t fall through the cracks with the Department of Human Services, she has been “a positive role model for women of all ages,” Humphrey read.

From the Norman Fire Department, driver and engineer David Awbrey received the Fireman of the Year award. During the wildfires in August last year, Awbrey stopped and detained a subject who was later arrested for arson.

“High integrity, trustworthy, reliable, accountable” were just some of the words Deputy Fire Chief Jim Bailey used to describe the typical traits of a firefighter.

“Firefighters all come to work with the knowledge that they may have to risk their lives to save another,” he said, adding that Awbrey possesses all of these traits.

The Paramedic of the Year award went to Jason Carter. Dr. Patrick Cody, medical director for EMSStat, presented Carter with the award.

“The thing that impressed me about (Carter) was one of the questions we like to ask (in interviews) is what is your five-year plan?” Cody said. “Without missing a beat, he pointed to one of the captains and said, ‘I want that guy’s job.”

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