2018-2019 Awards and Recognition

The Paducah Police Department held its 10th annual Awards Ceremony on February 28, 2019, at Walker Hall in downtown Paducah. Thirty-one employees and three civilians were honored for their work in 2018.  Visit Awards and Recognition Criteria for a list of the possible awards and the criteria used in judging.

Chief Brian Laird and Jon BoultonParking Control and Equipment Specialist Jon Boulton (pictured with Chief Brian Laird) was named 2018 Employee of the Year.  Boulton has been employed since August 2014.  He was nominated by Capt. Justin Crowell.  Nomination Letter for Jon Boulton >> 

Jerry Beyer was recognized for his assistance in designing, acquiring and placing footstones at the graves of four fallen Paducah police officers.

Michael Gaia and Ernie Scarritt were honored for their assistance to officers who were struggling to arrest suspects before additional officers arrived.

Following is a list of employees honored:

15-Year Safe Driving Award

Capt. Matt Smith

Administrative Award

Records Manager Amy Travis
Det. Matthew Scheer
Officer Jarrett Woodruff
Officer Christopher Fearon
Officer Kevin Collins
Officer Steven Thompson
Officer Nickolas Francescon
Officer Eric Taylor
Officer Zane White
Det. Jordan Murphy

Civilian Service Awards

Jerry Beyer
Michael Maia
Ernie Scarritt

Lifesaving Award

Officer William Hendrickson

Meritorious Service Award

Officer Adam Winebarger

Service Commendations

Officer Gretchen Morgan
Officer Nickolas Francescon
Officer Danny Slack
Det. Corey Willenborg
Det. Beau Green
Det. Matthew Wentworth
Sgt. Shawn Craven
Capt. Justin Crowell
Capt. Wesley Orazine
Officer Jason Montgomery
Officer Justin Canup
Officer Gretchen Morgan (her second for 2018)
Officer Keith Thuline
Officer Lucas Stone
Officer Nicholas Rolens
Officer William Hendrickson
Officer Alex Liebenrood
Officer Codey Strong
Officer Adam Brown

Chief's Awards 

Officer Justin Canup
Officer James Robbins
Officer Nickolas Francescon


Governor's Impaired Driving Enforcement Awards (December 2018)

The 2018 Governor's Impaired Driving Enforcement Awards Ceremony was held December 12, 2018, in Lexington.  Awards were presented to officers with the most impaired-driving arrests in each agency.  Officer Danny Slack received the award for the Paducah Police Department.  Officer Slack was responsible for 22 of the department's DUI-related arrests in a 12 month period.