2016 Annual Awards and Employee Celebration

Administrative Award of Merit
Certificate of Appreciation
Chief Deputy Award
Civilian of the Year
Commendation
Commendatory Memo
Corrections Officer of the Year
Corrections Supervisor of the Year

Deputy of the Year
LE Supervisor of the Year
Life Saving Award
Lt. Richard Elliott Award
Sheriff's Award
Sheriff's Unit Memo
Traffic Safety Award
Volunteer of the Year

Certificate of Appreciation


Cassidy Grover


While walking to work in Portland one day, Ms. Cassidy Grover was faced with a crisis situation.  There was a male slumped over his car's steering wheel and the car was in the road.  Instead of running away, or just ignoring the situation, Cassidy pulled the man from his vehicle and onto the ground while screaming for help.  Luckily there was a passerby with a Narcan injector who was able to administer the drug to the overdosed man.  Cassidy and the unknown man provide first aid until the rescue team arrived.

Because of the swift and decisive actions of Ms. Cassidy Grover, the man was able to get the helped that he needed immediately and was instrumental in saving his life.

In appreciation of your commitment to humanity and the human condition, the Cumberland County Sheriff’s Office awards you this recognition. 

Administrative Award of Merit


Office Shawn Morrissette
Deputy David Dunneman
Ms. Michelle Noyes


 Officer Morrissette, Deputy Dunnemen and Ms. Noyes worked tirelessly to establish a system of accurate financial account for the Oxford County Inmates housed at the Cumberland County Jail.

Their collaborative efforts corrected past billing, developed future accurate accounting for this contract and it improved the overall booking process for all inmates.  Because of these efforts, we as an agency are more efficient and fiscally accurate in all of our inmate accounting. 

Officer Morrissette, Deputy Dunneman and Ms. Noyes, your hard work and dedication to this task is greatly appreciated.  Thank you for a job well done.

Commendatory Memo


Ben Bourret
Steve Wilkes


Although relatively new to the County, Ben Bourret and Steve Wilkes have provided the Sheriff’s Office with outstanding work on a daily basis.  One particular case involving a car that was involved in a fatal accident, we needed help moving the vehicle in and out of the red barn.  Both Ben and Steve dropped what they were doing and without hesitation helped us to complete the task.

This allowed the case to move forward in a timely manner and saved the County financial resources by us doing it ourselves instead of calling a wrecker.

Gentlemen, we are glad to have you here and thank you for your team efforts and for all that you do each day.

Commendatory Memo


Deputy Matthew Tufts and K-9 Rocky


During a cold and windy rain storm, Deputy Tufts and Rocky were called upon to perform a fugitive search.  Due to their location at the time of the call, the fugitive had ample time to put distance between himself and the scene.  This did not deter Deputy Tufts and the Rock.  The two hit the trail and within 15 minutes had the two-time fugitive from justice in custody.

Deputy Tufts and Rocky, your commitment to duty and excellence in service are clearly illustrated here. Thank you for your hard work.

Sheriff’s Unit Memo


Sgt. Stephen Robinson
Officer Donald Breault


On the morning of January 25th, an inmate climbed up on the second tier railing and was threatening to jump.  Officer Breault was able to grab the man and pull him off of the rail and with the aid of Sgt. Robinson to the floor and into handcuffs.

Due to the actions of Sgt. Robinson and Officer Breault, the inmate was prevented from causing himself serious bodily injury or death and he was able to live another day and have a chance to get the help that he needs.

Thank you for quick actions, efforts and commitment to the mission of this organization.

Sheriff’s Unit Memo



Detective Keith Cook

Deputy Patrick Ferriter 

Sergeant Marc Marion

Sergeant David Hall

Deputy Derek Brill

Sergeant Andrew Feeney

Deputy Cory Plummer

Sergeant Paul Thorpe

Deputy Joe Dyar

Deputy George Bradbury

Detective Brian Ackerman

Dispatcher Nicole Dexter

Dispatcher Adam Rogers

Deputy Brian Smith

Deputy Kim Emery

Deputy Ben Schaeffer

Dispatcher Christy Bresete

Dispatcher Brynn Field

Deputy Nick Mangino

Deputy Cole Chandler

Dispatcher Jason Wood

Dispatcher Kevin Balvin

 Dispatcher Stephanie Minott 

Detective John Fournier


On November 26 at nearly 11:00 o’clock at night a call went out of a man in a house with a gun.  It was later learned that another man in the house had been shot and deputies arrived to help the wounded man and begin the search for the suspect.  Once the name of the suspect was revealed many techniques at our disposal were utilized to hone in on the suspect at a residence in Naples.

Sadly another man was discovered in this residence, deceased due to a gunshot wound.  The suspect was inside and pointed a gun at the deputies as they entered the residence.  The deputies were forced to use deadly force against him.

Without the continued communication, interaction and information sharing that goes on during a critical incident such as this, the rampage of this deranged man, who had a long history of violence and domestic violence, would have continued.

Thank you to the Cumberland County Regional Communications Center personnel for their constant support of our Deputies on the roads.  Your help during this situation and so many others is critical to the mission.  Thank you to the Sheriff’s Office Personnel that responded to this call in your signature professional manner.  Any case that involves the loss of life is a difficult case for those that work it.  You all performed with perfection and we are proud of you and thankful for you.

Sheriff’s Unit Memo


 Officer Ryan Finch

Deputy John Grabler

Officer Chris Chudzik

Officer Keith Seymour

Officer Cylissa Mowatt

Officer Melissa Adams

Officer Elisha Pope

 

As part of the intake team that processed the mass arrests involved in the “Black Lives Matter” protest, these individuals proved to be quick on their feet and in decision making the influx of people came in.   At nearly 11:00 o’clock on the evening of July 24th, the Portland Police Department began to bring in the arrests that totaled 18.  

The team had to work in tight quarters and managed to process 37 people into the jail that night and 36 people were processed out.   Although this may not be the highest number of arrests processed in and out of the jail, it carried many firsts and high stress due to the nature of the mass arrests.  

The professionalism and patience that was exhibited during this event was exceptional.  

Thank you for your efforts and your commitment to duty and to the mission of this organization.

Sheriff’s Unit Memo


 Deputy Patrick Ferriter

Deputy Joseph Dyar

Detective Keith Cook

Sergeant Paul Thorpe


Through the tenacity of Deputy Ferriter and Deputy Dyar searching until they found the location of the hang up 9-1-1 call, they discovered a mentally challenged woman who had been missing from a group home in Massachusetts.  The woman had be being held against her will and was being sexually assaulted.

The investigation performed by Detective Cook and Detective Sergeant Thorpe yielded a plethora of child pornography on the perpetrator’s computer.  The repeated assaults on the woman and the materials found on the computer resulted in 54 counts of sexual assault and possession of sexually explicit materials.

Thank you for your exemplary work on this case.  Your hard work and efforts have truly made a difference in our community.

Sheriff’s Unit Memo


Sergeant Jennifer Slocum

Deputy Brian Cummings

Officer Shawn Morrissette

Deputy Greg Morrison

Officer Chris Chudzik

Sergeant Derek McCarty

Officer Chris Phillips

Officer Ryan Finch

Deputy Richard Bradway

Officer Chris Foster

Sergeant Robert Shaw

Officer David Skibitsky

 Sergeant Christy Diffin

Officer Keith Seymour

Deputy Scott Secord

Officer Erik Moody

Deputy Elisha Pope

Officer Michael Stotts

Sergeant Robert Fletcher

Deputy John Grabler

Officer Melissa Adams

Sergeant Jason Wilmot

The insistence on quality work by this group of professionals has earned them accolades from the Federal Bureau of Investigations in regards to the low frequency of submitted fingerprint cards being rejected.  Their attention to details like these, makes us safer as an agency, it truly exemplifies our commitment to excellence.
    
Congratulations to you all and thank you for your efforts and your commitment to duty and to the mission of this organization.

Sheriff’s Unit Memo


Deputy Jay Ward
Deputy Rafael Mendoza
Sergeant Andrew Feeney



While responding to a call of a 13 year old child attempting suicide, Deputy Ward and Deputy Mendoza arrived to find the child with a knife to his throat.  They attempted to calm the young man utilizing verbal skills, to no avail.  Sergeant Feeney arrived and attempted the same.  The child was verbally assaultive and was throwing broken glass, knives and pots and pans at the Deputies.  It became clear that action needed to be taken.

The team determined that a taser was the best option, it was deployed and the Deputies were able to quickly move in and take control of the young man, eliminating any injury he could cause himself.   

Your excellent team work, calm demeanor and thoughtful consideration of the situation made all the difference.  Thank you for commitment to duty and to the mission of this organization.

Commendation


Deputy Ashley Hall



During another suicide attempt call for a 13 year old, Deputy Hall was able to utilized superior verbal skills to distract the child while closing the distance between her and the child.  By doing so, she was able to safely take physical control of the child and restrain him from further attempts at harm.  Her ability to immediately assess the situation and launch corrective action without harm, illustrates mastery of her profession.

Deputy Hall, you are a consummate professional and a credit to this agency. Thank you for your hard work.

Life Saving Award


Deputy Joe Schnupp



Ms. Joaine Weaver whose father lives on Long Island, reached out to Deputy Schnupp via telephone with grave concerns about the health of her father.  Although on vacation, Deputy Schnupp sprang into action and orchestrated a rescue operation that saved her father’s life.  Deputy Schnupp telephoned the Harbor Master who was able to get rescue to the man’s house.  When removed from the island the man’s blood pressure was just 50 over 20.

Deputy Schnupp, your willingness to put your community before yourself is truly commendable.   You are a credit to his agency. Thank you for your hard work.

Life Saving Award


Deputy Jay Ward



Deputy Ward’s quick actions at the scene of a pick-up truck vs. a motor cycle saved the life of the motor cycle driver.  While driving home from work, Deputy Ward witnessed a car vs. motorcycle crash.  Deputy Ward immediately utilized his first aid skills and applied a tourniquet to the man’s severed leg, stopping the critical loss of blood. 

Deputy Ward you are a consummate professional and a credit to his agency. Thank you for your hard work.

Life Saving Award


Sergeant Anthony Hovey



Upon arrival at an agency assist call in December Sergeant Hovey sprang into action to aid a man that was having a heart attack.  He immediately utilized his first aid skills and directed those at the scene on how best to help.  He continued his life saving efforts until the rescue team arrived and because of that, the man survived the incident. 

Sergeant Hovey, you are a consummate professional and a credit to his agency. Thank you for your hard work.

Traffic Safety Award


Deputy Benjamin Schaeffer



Working with the Cumberland County Sheriff’s Office for just a 1 and ½, Deputy Benjamin Schaeffer has proven to be a dedicated professional.  During this past year, Deputy Schaeffer performed 536 traffic stops, netting 25 Title 29-A violations.  Along with those stops, he investigated 42 crashes and answered 1,224 calls for service. 
 
Excellent work Deputy Schaeffer, thank you for your commitment to excellence.

Volunteer of the Year


Ronald Coffin



Ron Coffin is one of the members of the Volunteers in Police Services (VIPS).  He is a great go to guy, always willing to jump in and help.  It is rare that the VIPS have an event that Ron is not helping out.  He works parking details, runs drug take back boxes around the state, drives a bus for the MSA when asked, and gets brochures folded for my executive assistant.  The list goes on and on.

Ron’s a kind and giving person, he always has a smile on his face and a good word for whomever he encounters.

It is for all of these reasons and so many more that he was chosen by his peers and the Cumberland County Sheriff’s Office a Volunteer of the Year.

Thank you for all that you do Ron.  We are glad to work with you. 

Civilian of the Year


Wendy Clark-Tarbox



Ms. Clark-Tarbox is a highly productive member of the Criminal Investigations Division.  Her in-depth research has provided this agency and many in our community with invaluable information that has helped to thwart countless acts of criminal activity.  As well, the information generation that she provides has aided both the Criminal Investigations division and the Patrol division in performing their jobs better and safer. 

Ms. Clark-Tarbox produces the kind of information that frankly solves cases.  

Ms. Clark-Tarbox, thank you for all that you do and for your continued dedication to the Cumberland County Sheriff’s Office.

Corrections Officer of the Year


Deputy Cody Belyea



Deputy Belyea is fairly new to the agency and he has wasted no time embracing the mission of this organization.  In his 2 years here, he has already earned his Deputy status, he frequently volunteers to represent the agency at job fairs and his can do attitude sets an excellent example for other Officers to emulate.

Deputy Belyea work on Spillman log entries has earned him accolades from the Accreditation department.  His logs are through, accurate and always on time.

Deputy Belyea, thank you for your hard work and positive spirit.  You are an example for us all. 

Deputy of the Year


Deputy Jay Ward



Deputy Jay Ward has been the face of the Sheriff’s Office in the Harpswell area since 2000.  Because of his communications skills and commitment to service, many time citizens take the time to recognize his efforts to his superiors by writing letters or emails relaying the positive experience they had with him.  For example, a mother who Deputy Ward assisted by performing a welfare check on her daughter in Harpswell.  That small effort gave relief to the mother who had been having a difficult time contacting the daughter.

As well, Deputy Ward is a reliable representative for the Sebago Lake Patrol Boat and has been since its inception.

 Deputy Ward, you are a consummate professional, an exemplary representative for this agency and a pleasure to work with.  Thank you for your dedication and hard work.

Law Enforcement Supervisor of the Year


Sergeant Anthony Hovey



Sergeant Hovey is a leader in the Field Training Office program and his continued efforts have been invaluable.  Recently, there have been several “Cadets” working through both the academy and the FTO program.  He provided exemplary assistance to these recruits and we have seen a 100% positive results because of it.

Since 2013 Sergeant Hovey has mentored seven new Deputies.   Meanwhile, he remains available and relevant to his direct reports, he is a valued member of the Dive and ESU teams and he is an APC Operator.  

Sergeant Hovey, your dedication to this agency and to a solid work ethic are commendable to say the least.  The fact that you impart these work ethics on our new recruits is priceless.  Thank you for your steadfast and stellar performance and for your dedication to this agency.

Corrections Supervisor of the Year


Sgt. Daniel Haskell



Sergeant Haskell is a continuous driving force for the second shift with his willingness to lead and set the example for other supervisors to follow.  He works alongside line staff inside the housing units on a consistent basis, he has lead med-passes and given officers breaks in the pods as needed.   Along with this, Sergeant Haskell assists the day shift by working overtime for multiple shifts each week.

Sergeant Haskell your actions speak volumes for the kind of person you are.  Your peers look forward to the days that they work with you.  During this current staff shortage, your willingness to provide this value of team work is invaluable and a true asset to this agency.  Thank you for your hard work and dedication.  It is because of employees like you that this agency is second to none.

Lt. Richard Elliott Award


Deputy Joseph Dyar



The “Elliott Award” has been established in honor of Lieutenant Charles “Dick” Elliott who is a 39 year veteran of the Cumberland County Sheriff’s Office. Lieutenant Elliott has served as a mentor for all, establishing pride, integrity and sacrifice with-in the organization. 

The award is presented to an outstanding Cumberland County Sheriff’s Deputy who displays uncommon traits of duty, honor and sacrifice to the Sheriff’s Office as well as the community they serve. The recipient of this year’s award is Lieutenant Donald Foss.

This year’s recipient is Deputy Joseph Dyar.  Deputy Dyar has an uncompromising dedication to service to his community.  He is a paramedic and a member of the Cumberland County ESU Team where he serves as both tactical member and medic.  He is a Field Training Deputy and a consummate team player, always willing to step up and help.  

Deputy Dyar, your positive attitude has earned you the respect of all who work with you.  Thank you for your dedication to excellence in duty.

Chief Deputy Award


Deputy Joe Schnupp



Deputy Joe Schnupp has been a constant asset at the Cumberland County Sheriff’s Office since 1984.  His unique skill set has proven to be invaluable on many occasions for the agency.

He is the Sheriff’s Office’s Community Relations Deputy.  His personal style has earned him many friends and has become strong a “bridge” bringing law enforcement and the community together. 

Deputy Schnupp’s “can do” attitude is critical in ensuring that many of the events such as “Drug Take Back Day”, “Ride to School with a Deputy”, “Touch a Truck” and “Senior Thanksgiving Lunch and Learn”  go off without a hitch.  He is a liaison with the area TRIAD’s and has helped develop a relationship with AARP that has allowed us to bring an annual document shredding day to our community.

Perhaps his strongest quality is his ability to fill equipment needs for the Sheriff’s Office at rock bottom prices!  A few years ago, working through the Law Enforcement Support Office (LESO) program, Deputy Schnupp secured the agency a MRAP and the cost to the agency was $0.00.  The lifesaving value of this piece of equipment, as it is used to protect ESU Team operations during events, is priceless.  This year, Deputy Schnupp secured 3 trailers, night vision goggles and backpacks for all sworn personnel, just to name a few.  As well, he was able to secure a Command Center Vehicle that will further secure ESU operations.  In the past 3 years the savings to the Cumberland County Sheriff’s Office and taxpayers is well in the million dollar mark.

Deputy Schnupp is well respected, well liked and is an invaluable resource to this agency.  Thank you for all that you do Deputy Schnupp.

Sheriff’s Award


Deputy Pat Ferriter



This recognition is presented to Deputy Patrick Ferriter in recognition of his continuous commitment to his career and to his community.  

As a School Resource Deputy, Deputy Ferriter takes initiative to be highly involved with his school.  He was integral in the formation of a School Emergency Team (SET) for each school in his district.  Students and staff alike have embraced the program and it has opened lines of communication that did not exist before.  As well, he has put in place plans to ensure future goals are not only met, but anticipated ensuring a continuously safe school district.

Deputy Ferriter developed a SRO report that is in newsletter form.  Done without prompting, it is a perfect idea and provides his supervisors, the Sheriff’s Office Command Staff and the school Officials the information needed to understand all aspects of his activities.

Deputy Ferriter’s involvement in his school and community does not stop with just SRO duties.  He is involved with many projects going on at his school, often times he volunteers as chaperone for field trips.  As a part of his school community, he is far more effective and engaged in his duties.

He also further involves himself with his community with his interaction with Casco Bay CAN, and the Gray town offices through such activities as Project Sticker Shock, a program that works with teens to bring awareness of Maine’s laws on providing alcohol to minors to consumers by placing informational stickers on alcohol packaging.   

For the agency, Deputy Ferriter is an active member of the Honor Guard and a field training Deputy.  Each September he volunteers to read scripture at the annual Blue Mass gathering sponsored by the Diocese of Portland. 

In recognition of Deputy Patrick Ferriter’s hard work, community-mindedness, professionalism and contributions to the mission of the Cumberland County Sheriff’s Office, I make public this Commendation and acknowledge that he has met the Sheriff’s hallmark-