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(criminal justice) was awarded the Livingston County (N.Y.) Sheriffs
Department Medal of Valor and the Correction Officer of the Year award
by the New York State Sheriffs Association. This award is given
to an officer who has exhibited an exceptional dedication and
commitment to the professional fulfillment of the difficult and important
duties of the Sheriffs Office in operating the county jails.
Deputy Sheriff Cole, who
has worked for the department since 1995, was at work on Feb. 4, 2001,
when a fire broke out in the laundry area of the jail. After attempting
to extinguish the fire, Cole and his coworkers evacuated the building,
secured the 74 inmates and helped contain the fire. Although the facility
was extensively damaged, there were no injuries. Cole and his co-workers
shared the award.
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