When officers were looking for a wanted man, two local men didn't run in the other direction. They helped Burleigh County sheriff’s deputies and Bismarck police officers locate the man, including giving a deputy a ride to the man's location.
For their actions, the Burleigh County Sheriff’s Department awarded Marlin Brandt and Brock Garaas the golden citizen award during the department’s awards ceremony at the City/County Building on Thursday.
Lt. Gary Schaffer, who served as emcee for the annual awards ceremony, said Brandt’s and Garaas’ actions were “crucial to the apprehension of a felony subject.”
The sheriff’s department gave the sheriff’s appreciation award to Ernie Thurman, director of security at Sanford Health. Schaffer said Sanford has a state-of-the-art training facility that it allows the sheriff’s department to use, as well as inviting local law enforcement to join its training activities.
The sheriff’s department joined the North Dakota Safety Council in awarding saved by the helmet awards to Sarah Baumgartner, who was in a motorcycle crash on Sept. 24. Schaffer said Baumgartner was wearing a helmet and did not have any head injuries.
The sheriff’s department also honored members of its department and new members were sworn in at the ceremony:
* Lt. Steve Hall was honored for spending 10 years on the West Dakota SWAT team as a hostage negotiator.
* Nine officers were given the safe driving award for going three years without being involved in a wreck on duty: Kevin Glovich, Jen Heinert, Rocky Huschka, Mike MacDonald, Steph Mehrer, Tracy Nelson, Dustin Olson, Shar Schuh and Brandon Rosen.
* South Central District Judge Cynthia Feland gave the oath of office to new detention officers: Eric Howe, Chad Rempher, Jodene Suko, Kirk Romsaas, Ryan Nicklos, Joshua Stai, Nicole Volk and Lorena Aguirre; and the following new deputies: Aaron Silbernagel, Wes Christianson, Jeff Vyska and Matt Wingenbach.
* Jennifer Rewald was honored as the Burleigh County Detention Center employee of the year. Schaffer said Rewald’s positive attitude is contagious and she jumps in to help others in the detention center whenever necessary. Elizabeth Orthman was honored as a nominee for the award.
* Deputy Ray Dingeman was honored as the Burleigh County Sheriff’s Department employee of the year. Schaffer said Dingeman’s entire shift put together a nomination for him, citing his proficiency and knowledge. Dingeman was near the top of every category of enforcement among patrol officers in 2012, including making more than 60 arrests for driving under the influence. He also is willing to assist other officers and adjust his schedule for them, Schaffer said. Deputy Jeff Olson was honored as a nominee for the award.