The Norman Transcript


February 1, 2013

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



Now, four years after his initial interview, Cody said he is almost there.

Deputy Sheriff Jonathon Jackson took home the annual award from the Cleveland County Sheriff’s Department. Undersheriff Rhett Burnett presented Jackson with the award.

“Whenever a deputy was needed he could be counted on at any moment’s notice to respond,” Burnett said. “His efforts were superior, his attitude was superior.”

An example of Jackson’s outstanding work included responding to an arson call that resulted in a shooting incident. Because of Jackson’s actions and his partner’s actions, no lives were lost, Burnett said.

Jackson also made numerous outstanding drug arrests.

Also from the county side, Assistant District Attorney Carol Dillingham was recognized for her work within the Cleveland County District Attorney’s Office. District Attorney Greg Mashburn presented Dillingham with her award.

“She has been amazing,” Mashburn said. “She’s been involved in the community for a very long time.”

Mashburn said Dillingham is a “go-getter” and a hard worker who is always on top of things. Dillingham works in the civil division representing county officials and working with some aspects of law enforcement.

Master Police Officer Greg Vollmer and his canine partner Caesar were selected from the University of Oklahoma Police Department as outstanding officers of the year.

OU Police Chief Liz Woolen told the audience about a 90-degree day in June where a 3-year-old child was rescued by the officer team. Not only that, but Vollmer and Caesar also have been successful in assisting with missing child calls.

The duo was unable to receive their appropriate awards in person, a plaque and tennis balls, due to a training session in North Carolina.

From the University of Oklahoma Risk Management department, OU Fire Inspector Justin Daniels was awarded. Daniels has assisted with many fire safety programs and has enhanced fire safety education. He also assisted in a string of arsons that happened a while back in which the people were prosecuted.

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