Awards presented, deputy sworn in

The Douglas County Sheriff's Office welcomed a new deputy Monday and two officers received awards from Sheriff Ron Pierini.

Kemp Dowdy, a professional skier, was sworn in by Pierini and Dowdy's wife Claudia pinned the badge on his uniform.

"This is the symbol of what law enforcement carries," Pierini said. "With this badge comes a lot of integrity and honesty."

Pierini also presented two department awards to officers unable to attend the Minden-Douglas Elks law enforcement awards ceremony night last month.

Deputy Brian Hubkey received a lifesaving medal for saving a Roundhill resident who attempted suicide last September.

Along with Deputy Adam Windsor, Hubkey helped pull the man out of a vehicle that was in a closed garage with the engine running.

"(He) Hubkey pulled the hoses out and actually took that person out of the car and started giving medical aid," Pierini said.

"If you hadn't done what you did, that person probably wouldn't have survived," Pierini said.

Deputy Rod Ginocchio was given a certificate for all the hours he volunteered to help implement the sheriff's office computer system and installing computer terminals in patrol cars.

"Deputy Ginocchio did not stop here," Pierini said. "He has now volunteered to be the head trainer for the patrol field training officer program on the use of Spillman (the computer program."

Ginocchio also was commended for his work on upgrading the sheriff's office reports and citations system.

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