On February 22, 2018, the Paducah Police Department held its 9th Annual Awards Ceremony at Walker Hall to honor officers who have risen above their routine duties and responsibilities in 2017 and 2018 to provide exceptional service to the department and the citizens of Paducah. Click Awards and Recognition Criteria for a list of the possible awards and the criteria used in judging.
Photo: Officer of the year Detective Justin Hodges and Police Chief Brandon Barnhill
Det. Justin Hodges was named the Paducah Police Department’s Employee of the Year for 2017 at the department’s annual Awards Ceremony.
Hodges, who was promoted to Sergeant on February 8, joined the PPD in November 2009. He has spent the past several years as a detective and a member of the department’s Digital Forensics Unit. He was nominated by his Captain, Justin Crowell. (Nomination Form for Det. Hodges)
The Employee of the Year was one of several awards presented Thursday evening. Hodges, Officer Travis Counts, Det. Corey Willenborg and Officer Nickolas Francescon were nominated.
Five citizens were honored with Civilian Service Awards. They were Sammie McElvain, Jason Sesock, Shela Mitchell, Kerria Bruyns and Raven Freeman.
Officer Nickolas Francescon – Five years
Capt. Joseph Hayes, Capt. Justin Crowell, Officer Gretchen Morgan, Det. Corey Willenborg, Officer Joshua Bryant and Det. Beau Green – 10 years
Capt. Matthew Smith, Sgt. Christopher Bolton, Sgt. Nathan Antonites, Officer Travis Counts, Officer Jarrett Woodruff, Officer Derik Perry, Officer Matthew Hopp, Officer Lucas Stone, Officer Ryan Hudson, Officer Nicholas Rolens, Officer A.J. Parrish, Det. Nathan Jaimet, Det. Matthew Scheer, Det. Blake Quinn, Officer Dana Davie, Officer Justin Canup, Officer Eric Taylor, Sgt. Ryan Conn, Det. Matt Wentworth, Det. Corey Willenborg and Det. Beau Green
Officer Kevin Wilson and Crime Analyst Michael Zidar