The Bismarck Police Department held an award ceremony Monday to honor employees and citizens who, because of their actions during the past year, are deserving of recognition.
Below is a list of the awards given and the recipients.
Employee of the Year SwornOfficer Jerry Stein – Detective Section
Employee of the Year Non Sworn Melissa Hilsendeger – Animal Control
Hostile Engagement AwardOfficer Garner Jones III – Honored for actions taken when physically assaulted by a combative suspect
Meritorious Service AwardFormer Sergeant Nolan Canright- Honored for actions taken when confronted by an armed suspect
Life Saving AwardOfficer Scarlett Vetter Officer Jessica Helgeson – Both honored for actions taken during a medical emergency, resulting in the saving of a life.
Distinguished Service AwardDetective Brandon Rask –Honored for his work on a child sexual predator investigations
Letter of RecognitionOfficer Mike Kapella-Honored for actions taken during a medical emergency
Officer David Stewart-Honored for actions taken during a medical emergency
Safe Driving Certificate – Given to members of the department who routinely or on occasion perform their duties in a department vehicle and have not been the cause of a traffic crash in five years. Thirteen employees and five Police Department sections received this award.
Meritorious Citizen Award: The recipients of this award were honored for actions taken that involved the risk of injury or death to the nominee or another person.
Certificate of Appreciation: The recipients of this award were honored for actions taken that affected the outcome of a situation for the betterment of a person or the community.