Police name Officer of the Year
Andrew Slaughter, a three-year veteran of the Basehor Police Department, earned Officer of the Year honors for his department Monday during the annual Leavenworth County Law Enforcement Awards banquet.
"I wasn't expecting to win," Slaughter said. "It was a pretty good honor to be chosen among all those great officers that we have, and we have some pretty great officers."
Interim Basehor police chief Martin Cigich nominated Slaughter as officer of the year.
"Officer Slaughter has also had numerous cases this year in which his investigative skills have led to the arrest and prosecution of offenders," Cigich wrote in his letter of recommendation.
"(He) is a valuable member of the Basehor Police Department and his dedication to the city and the department have not gone unnoticed."
His award as Officer of the Year wasn't the only prize Slaughter took home Monday for his work in law enforcement.
Slaughter also received a merit for excellent arrest, an award for promoting public safety through traffic enforcement and two certificates of achievement for criminal investigation.
Overall, five Basehor police officers and three Basehor residents received accolades Monday for their contribution to law enforcement and public safety.
Police officers recognized Monday are:
- Corporal Jason Slaughter, Andrew's brother, received a merit for excellent arrest, a lifesaving citation and an award for police valor.
- Lloyd Martley earned the safety award.
- Greg Halgrimson won a merit award for excellent arrest.
- Robert Van Cleave, a part-time officer, earned a commendation award.
Basehor residents Victor and Marjorie Ziegler and Chuck Wilderson also received awards from law enforcement during the banquet.
Each received certificates of appreciation for their contributions made to the police department in 2003.
Again, Cigich nominated the residents for the awards.
Wilderson, a former chairman of Basehor PRIDE, helped host and oversee an annual banquet in Basehor honoring local police officers and firefighters.
"Knowing there are those who take time out of their personal lives to support the agency is greatly appreciated," Cigich wrote in his letter.
The Zieglers donated a defibrillator to the police department.
The couple donated the life-saving device so that police would be equipped with another tool to help save lives, Cigich wrote.
"Upon losing a loved one to a heart attack, Mr. and Mrs. Ziegler felt that if the police department, who arrived first on the scene, had been equipped with (a defibrillator), they may have been able to save the life of their loved one."