The Southern Pines Police Department recently recognized the outstanding performance for officers Caleb Neely, Brett Kellam, Kirsten Czako and Accreditation Manager/Community Services Coordinator Bill List.
The Southern Pines Police Department’s Awards Committee met to consider peer and leadership team nominations for employees who performed in an exemplary manner, according to a news advisory from the police department.
Employee of the Quarter – Officer Caleb Neeley was recognized as the Employee of the Quarter for the first quarter of 2022 for his proactive and self-initiated police work which included: three investigations that led to further investigative actions and search warrants by members of the department, arrests for weapons violations, the seizure of notable quantities of various types of narcotics and firearms, and the clearance of several open violent crime cases.
Life Saving Medal – On June 5, Officer Brett Kellam responded to a drug overdose call for service. Upon Kellam’s arrival on scene, he began life saving measures on an unresponsive male overdose victim by himself while EMS was in a separate room trying save a female overdose victim. Kellam administered two doses of Narcan which likely kept the male patient alive until EMS was able to administer a third dose of Narcan which revived the patient.
Chief’s Letter of Recognition – Acting Sergeant Kirsten Czako was awarded the Chief’s Letter of Recognition for her actions on calls for service in January and February when she was recognized for saving the lives of two separate persons and she subsequently received two Life Saving Medals. Czako was instrumental when forwarding information learned on a call for service which ultimately led to the recovery of the stolen vehicle and an arrest with a weapon seizure, and additional search warrants being obtained in related violent crime cases. Additionally, Czako did an outstanding job working with Accreditation Manager/Community Services Coordinator Bill List to coordinate a traffic safety and awareness community policing project at Sandhills Community College.
Accreditation Manager/Community Services Coordinator Bill List was also awarded the Chief’s Letter of Recognition for outstanding efforts in the well thought out and coordinated traffic safety and awareness community policing project at Sandhills Community College. List and Czako spent significant time and effort making this project a success.