At the September 27 meeting of the Hanover County Board of Supervisors, American Legion Post 175 presented awards to its Sheriff’s Officer of the Year, its Firefighter of the Year and its EMS Provider of the Year.
Robert Wagner of the Hanover County Sheriff’s Office was named Officer of the Year. Harold Padgett of American Legion Post 175 said Wagner’s “unyielding efforts to identify and apprehend the criminal element travelling in or through Hanover County on Rt. 360 and Rt. 1” included 1200 traffic stops, 569 traffic/criminal arrests, 524 calls for service, hundreds of warrants obtained and served, and many consent searches and incident reports.
“His accomplishments are too numerous to list, but he understands that the Sheriff’s Department goals are to identify and apprehend the criminal element threatening our community, and not to see how many tickets can be issued,” Padgett said of Wagner. “Despite his many citizen encounters he has had no complaints regarding his performance or professionalism. Deputy Wagner has been nominated officer of the month many times and received that award twice during the past year.”
Tom Chappell of the Fire Marshal’s Office was named Firefighter of the Year. “Tom has an impressive record of Fire Service training including Technical and Heavy Rescue Certifications, Instructor credentials and management studies,” Padgett said. “He has trained and mentored junior firefighters and evidenced commitment and professionalism in every aspect of his job. His record confirms that he is a skilled and knowledgeable Emergency Responder, confident firefighter and team leader.”
Chris Sanford of West Hanover Volunteer Rescue Squad was named EMS Provider of the Year. Padgett said Sanford “shows a hunger for learning and encourages coworkers to also broaden their knowledge. He completed very thorough training in Advanced Airway Management to respond to respiratory emergencies and supported his crew’s attendance to a Traffic Incident Management program with emphasis on dealing with highway accidents. Chris has a strong work ethic and assists his coworkers any way he can. He also handles administrative matters and is on the front line during Emergency Calls.”