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Sheriff’s Office deputy receives Akron Optimist Club award

9/27/2012 - West Side Leader
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By Maria Lindsay

DOWNTOWN AKRON — Summit County Sheriff’s Office Deputy Wesley Dobbins received the 2012 Akron Optimist Club Deputy of the Year award Sept. 18.

According to Sheriff’s Office officials, Dobbins has served with the Sheriff’s Office for 19 years and is currently assigned to the Northfield Center Township Patrol District. He is an Ohio-certified instructor, has served as an instructor for in-service training, helped revamp urine and blood testing protocols, and updated and combined traffic crash and OVI (operating a vehicle impaired) policies and procedures. He is a nationally certified drug recognition expert, a former member of the S.W.A.T. Team, a current member of the Major Crash Investigation Union and a traffic crash reconstructionist. He also served as a U.S. Marine, according to Sheriff’s Office officials.

“Though he has always served admirably, this past year has reflected his dedication to duty, spirit-de-corps and the ever-growing commitment he has for his community,” stated the Sheriff’s Office in a press release.

In the spring of 2011, Dobbins responded to a report of an individual who fell 60 feet into a rushing river. Dobbins jumped into the water in an attempt to save the man’s life and searched for a period of time, even though the water was cold, according to Sheriff’s Office officials. The victim did not survive.

Also in 2011, Dobbins responded to a call about suspicious activity and heard cries for help, according to officials. Upon entering the home, he saw a man who had been tied up during a home invasion and robbery. He encountered two suspects, engaged them at gunpoint and apprehended both. According to Sheriff’s Office officials, his actions saved the life of the victim.

“Though Deputy Dobbins has made many arrests, helped many of our citizens and protected the community he serves, it is the manner in which he portrays himself that reflects his professionalism and is an example for his peers,” stated the Sheriff’s Office in the press release.

Sheriff’s officials state Dobbins took the challenge of taking on more responsibility in 2009 during layoffs in the office and excelled.

“He goes above and beyond for all members of the office and for citizens living and traveling through Summit County,” stated the Sheriff’s Office.

The Akron Optimist Club recognizes law enforcement officers for outstanding service to the community each year, according to Sheriff’s Office officials.

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