CEDAR FALLS — The city’s Public Safety Department handed out annual awards to police officers and firefighters this week.
Mike Briggs, a Cedar Falls police officer since 1990, was named Officer of the Year.
“Officer Briggs is known for spending a great deal of time investigating crimes while still responding to other calls and assisting other officers,” handling 140 cases resulting in 51 arrests, Public Safety Director Jeff Olson wrote in presenting Briggs his award. He also has served as a mentor to junior officers.
Dusty Stotler was named Firefighter of the Year. He became a part-time firefighter in 2008 and has been full time since 2012, coming from the Parkersburg volunteer fire department.
“Dusty has been a great asset both on and off the fire ground,” Olson said. “His experience as a heavy machinery mechanic at his other job has been a great asset to Cedar Falls as he can help maintain the complicated fire apparatus. ... He is also a great asset on the fire scene.”
The Police Division’s R.J. Voss Award for management excellence went to Police Lt. Martin Beckner, who works on first shift patrol and joined the Cedar Falls police department in 2001.
“Lieutenant Beckner is known for putting those he supervises ahead of his own needs and for his great professionalism and work ethic,” Olson said. He also is a member of the police Major Incident Response Team, bike patrol supervisor and coordinates reserve and paid-on-call officers.
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Cedar Falls Fire Capt. Bobby Wright was named Fire Officer of the Year. He became a volunteer firefighter in 1998, became a full-time firefighter in 1999 and was promoted to captain in 2005.
For the past 10 years he has supervised and completed inspections of rental property, building plan reviews and assisted with commercial inspections. He also serves as an arson investigator and helped implement a new Fire Division software program.
Kevin Cross, a supervisor in the Public Works/Parks Division, was named reserve police officer of the year. He has been a member of the reserve unit since 2010 as a paid-on-call employee. He is past District 3 director for the Iowa State Reserve Law Officers Association.
Mike Nyman, manager of the city’s water reclamation division, was named Alternative Firefighter of the Year. He has been a paid-on-call firefighter since 2008 and “has committed hundreds of hours to helping Cedar Falls Fire Rescue at a variety of incidents,” Olson said.
Police Officer Jovan Creighton and Shea McNamara, both second-shift officers with the Police Division since 2013, each received an award of excellence.
Creighon “is eager to help all citizens” and “completes thorough follow-up on his cases,” Olson said. Creighton “goes above and beyond to help other officers, supervisors and citizens.”
McNamara is a member of the Major Incident Response Team and the bike patrol. He “can be counted on by citizens, officers and supervisors to assist them in any way he can,” Olson said.