NEWCASTLE, Maine — Sgt. Jason Nein, a 21-year veteran of the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office, was named Deputy Sheriff of the Year for 2011 by Sheriff Todd Brackett at the agency’s annual awards banquet Friday night at Lincoln Academy, Lt. Michael Murphy announced in a news release Wednesday.
Nein is assigned to the Patrol Division of the Sheriff’s Office with additional duties of accident reconstructionist, training coordinator, field training officer program supervisor, color guard supervisor and emergency vehicle operation course instructor. In addition to his patrol duties, the sergeant manages the agency’s Highway Safety Grant program and is on temporary assignment as cadre for the Basic Law Enforcement Training Program at the Maine Criminal Justice Academy. He was cited by Sheriff Brackett for his professionalism, dedication to the law enforcement profession and devotion to duty.
Also receiving awards Friday were Deputy Brent Barter with K-9 Olga, Deputy Todd Chilton and Sgt. Daniel Sceviour for their actions in rescuing an elderly woman who was reported missing in Dresden in October.
With the K-9 unit and night vision equipment, the deputies found the woman partially submerged in a nearby stream. Barter and Chilton went into the stream to aid the woman while Sceviour coordinated the EMS response. The woman was brought out of the water, warmed and comforted until the arrival of EMS units. For their actions, Barter. Olga and Chilton each were awarded the Meritorious Service Star, the agency’s second highest award. Sceviour was awarded the Exceptional Duty Bar for his coordination and assistance with the rescue.
Three Jefferson residents were awarded Sheriff’s Awards for their rescue of a family from a car that had landed upside down in water off Route 32 in Jefferson on Nov. 23, 2011. The car, with two small children, slid on icy roads, left the roadway and flipped, landing upside down in a stream.
Greg Reynolds and Scott Barbour, who each drove up on the accident, went into the water and pulled each family member on shore to safety. Wendy Crawford, who lived nearby, took the two small children to her home where she warmed them and kept them safe until they were reunited with their family. Brackett said the three’s actions were the finest example of a good Samaritan choosing to step up and help his or her neighbor at a moment’s notice.
Longtime Reserve Deputy Rod Swank of Bristol was awarded a special Sheriff’s Award and a Commemorative Badge for his many years of service to the Sheriff’s Office and Lincoln County .
Warren Waltz, service chief for Central Lincoln County Ambulance Service, accepted an award on behalf of his agency for its support of the public safety mission of the Sheriff’s Office.
Deputies receiving pins for years of service were Deputy Todd Chilton, 5 years; Deputy Michael Gustafson, 15 years; and Deputy Eleanor Grover, 15 years.
The deputies celebrated and dined on a prime rib dinner that was prepared and provided by Brackett as a token of his appreciation for the job his staff does every year.