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Law Enforcement Officials Honored

By HEATHER POHLABEL
Daily Globe Staff Reporter

PLYMOUTH - On the opening night of Plymouth High School football season, the Plymouth High School Student Council honored police officers and sheriff's deputies who serve, have served, or lived in the Plymouth-Shiloh area or graduated from Plymouth High School during the pregame ceremony.

Guests and their families were honored at a dinner party prior to the ceremony. Student council advisor Janelle Grube commented on the event. "The kids wanted to recognize this group," she said. "Two years ago, they honored Veterans. They wanted to do it again. This is what they came up with. This year they chose law enforcement officers because they do a lot for the community and are close to their hearts."

Over 30 members of the law enforcement community were honored. Members of the Huron County Sheriff's Department, Richland County Sheriff's Department, Ashland county Sheriff's Department, the State Highway Patrol, and the Plymouth and Willard Police Departments were present.

Walking across the new field Friday night were:

The Burkett family. The late Bill Burkett was the Plymouth Police Chief from 1991 to 2005. His wife, Nancy, who was also a dispatcher at the department and an auxiliary member until 1994 represented him along with their son, TC, who is a current member of the Plymouth auxiliary, and their daughter, Courtney.

Plymouth Police dispatcher and Plymouth Mayor's Court clerk Hope Adams walked with her husband Junior and son Marcus.

Officer Jason Berger, a senior patrolman on the Plymouth Police Department was escorted by his wife Susanna.

Officer Jeff Brown, founder of the Plymouth Auxiliary, was escorted by his daughter, Grace.

Officer Larry Brown, a senior patrolman on the Plymouth Police Department, was escorted by his wife, Chris.

Corporal Denise Caughenbaugh Kraph was represented by her father, Dennis Caughenbaugh. She is employed with the Beaufort County Sheriff's Department in Beaufort County, South Carolina.

State Highway Patrol Officer Jeremy Clemens was escorted by his fiance, Nicole Ruffing.

Deputy Michael Deaton, a retired deputy with the Ashland County Sheriff's Department, was escorted by his grandsons.

Chief Charles Doan, police chief of Plymouth, was escorted by his wife, Dr. Carol.

Officer Joe Durban, a patrolman for the Plymouth Police Department, was escorted by his daughter Abby and son Aiden.

Deputy Rich Eichinger of the Richland County Sheriff's Department was escorted by Plymouth High School cheerleaders.

Deputies Ed and Jane Ernsberger, a married couple, both worked in the Richland county Sheriff's Office.

Officer Bill Fetzer served the Shelby Police Department and the Plymouth Police Department. He was escorted by his wife, Maggie.

Deputy Reggie Ganzhorn served the on the Plymouth Police Department and is currently a deputy with the Richland County Sheriff's Office. He was escorted by Plymouth High School cheerleaders.

State Highway Patrol Officer Stephen Gillum was escorted by his sisters, Sarah and Deborah.

Lieutenant Dough Hamman is the post commander of the Norwalk State Highway Patrol He was accompanied by his wife Susan and sons AJ, Zack, and Luke.

Representing Kyle Frank Hodge was his wife, Carol, and his daughter, Aaron. Frank was employed at the Shiloh Police Department and as Tiro's chief of police. He was also a former Plymouth police chief. His daughter Aaron is a dispatcher for the Huron county Sheriff's Department.

Officer Art Hoffman, an auxiliary officer with Plymouth Police Department, was escorted by Plymouth High School cheerleaders. Hoffman was with the Mansfield Police Department and the Richland County Sheriff's Office as well.

Huron County Sheriff Dane Howard was escorted by his wife, Peggy. Howard worked for the Plymouth Police Department before serving with the Huron County Sheriff's Department.

Officer Elizabeth Johnson, an auxiliary officer with the Plymouth Police Department also serves as an auxiliary officer on the Lorain Police department. She was escorted by her husband, Ken.

Officer Chris Kelby has served on numerous police departments, including Attica, Green Springs, Republic, and Clyde. He currently is a K9 officer with his dog, Rexi, at the Willard Police Department.

Officer Mike Lasch has served all over the world, including the Plymouth Police Department. He was escorted by his niece, Madison Lasch.

Officer Wayne Liggett is an auxiliary officer of the Plymouth Police Department, the Bellville Police Department, and the Richland County Sheriff's Office.

Officer Steve Logan has been and auxiliary officer with Wakeman, New London, and Plymouth Police Departments. As well as the Huron County Sheriff's Office. He was escorted by his wife, Jodie.

Officer Jeff Redden has worked in numerous posts of the State Patrol. He was escorted by his son, Nathaniel Redden.

Lieutenant Rick Reeder, a state highway patrol officer, was escorted by his wife, Michelle, and his son, Aiden.

Officer Traven Rowe currently serves with the Plymouth Police Department and previously served with the Crestline Police Department. He was escorted by his wife Kristi.

Officer Jeremy Schick is a patrolman with the Plymouth Police Department and is the Plymouth-Shiloh schools resource officer. He was escorted by his wife Sarah.

Former Chief Bob Seel of the Plymouth Police Department was honored by his son Brad and grandson Daniel.

Officer Sarah Shirey of the Fayetteville Police Department in Fayetteville, North Carolina, was represented by her mother Christine Shirey and her brother Jordan.

Deputy Duke Spencer served with the Shelby and Plymouth Police Departments and the Richland and Huron County Sheriff's Departments.

Officer Taylor Temple currently serves the Milan Police Department. Previously, he was with the Norwalk Police Department and Plymouth Police Department and Erie County Sheriff's Department. He was escorted by his finance Ivy Nguyen.

Officers recognized who could not be at the ceremony included: Officer Brett Hall of the New Albany Police Department, Officer Brian Slone of the Willard Police Department, Officer Brian Butler of the State Highway Patrol, Officer James Gilliam of the Willard Police Department, Officer Ryan Hall of the Willard Police Department, Chris Slone FBI in Tennessee, Officer Bill Hodges, retired from the Plymouth Police Department, Officer Mark Fetzer of the Shelby Police Department, Officer Ed Fetzer of the Shelby Police Department, Officer Dennis Rapp of the Shelby Police Department, Sergeant Erik Rath of the Shelby Police Department, Detective Cameron Dailey of the Plymouth Police Department, Former Chief David Gibson of the Plymouth Police Department, and Officer Montel Gordon the Plymouth Police Department.

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