Explorer Post 9102 earns awards

Staff Writer
Woodford Times
The Woodford County Sheriff’s Department Explorer Post 9102 poses with the various awards they won at the W.D. Boyce Council Law Enforcement Exploring Awards Banquet on Feb. 25.

The Woodford County Sheriff’s Department Explorer Post 9102 has won several awards this year at the 2012 W.D. Boyce Council Law Enforcement Exploring Awards Banquet held at the Paradise Hotel in East Peoria on Feb. 25.  

These awards include The Dr. Kenneth L. Camp Crime Prevention Award that is awarded through Greater Peoria Area Crimestoppers; this award recognizes the Post, which exhibits their efforts in community crime prevention and outstanding support of their communities’ crime prevention programs. Woodford County Sheriff’s Department Explorer Post 9102 also received the William H. Spurgeon III Award for an organization; this award recognizes the Explorer post that contributes exceptional leadership within the Law Enforcement Exploring Program. Along with two group awards won by our post we took an individual award for Explorer of the Year, Grayson Gilbert (Congerville) won Explorer of the Year for his excellent leadership skills, community service hours and his dedication to the program for five years.

The Woodford County’s Sheriff’s Department Explorer Post 9102 was founded in 1992 and has been a continued success for the youth in Woodford County that are interested in a career in law enforcement.  The Explorers meet twice a month and learn skills that are taught and needed in the ever changing law enforcement career.  Those skills include classes in CPR and first aid, domestic battery, car accidents, building searches, arrest and seizure, just to name a few.  The Explorers are also allowed to ride along with deputies in Woodford County where they learn hands on experience and skills that are far beyond what any individual can learn in a classroom setting.  The Explorers spend countless hours doing community service for anybody requesting help with community events such as parades, festivals, and so forth.  The Woodford County Sheriff’s Department Explorer Post 9102 teaches youth in Woodford County the ability to lead, communicate effectively, and most importantly, to have pride in themselves and the community they live in.

The Woodford County Sheriff’s Department Exploring Post 9102 currently has 14 youth who participate.  They are as follows: Jacob Edwards (Roanoke), Grayson Gilbert (Congerville), Ty Stutzman (Eureka), Cody Geick (Eureka), Travis Bess (Kappa), Jonathan Troyer (Eureka), Alana Schlupp (Eureka), Rachel Pleasant (East Peoria), Taylor Buley (Spring Bay), Jacob Klein (Germantown Hills), Travis Stalter (Minonk), Kyron Tarmann (Minonk), Kyle Ruestman (Minonk), and Morgan McClallen (Eureka).

The Woodford County Sheriff’s Department Explorer Post 9102 would not run effectively without the dedication and supervision of Woodford County Deputy Advisors, which include Deputy Angela Painter, Deputy Albert Holocker Jr., Deputy Doug Fletcher, and Deputy Dennis Tipsword.  These deputies volunteer their time and efforts to help make the program a success for the youth in Woodford County.

— Submitted by Deputy Angela Painter