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Department honors
The Elkhart County Sheriff's Department recognizes officers and civilians for work or actions going above and beyond the call of duty. These honors presented are rare and meaningful.

Meritorious service is awarded to a person with a connection to the department lasting 20 years or more, who has made considerable contributions to the department while serving high ethics and professionalism.
• The Lifesaving honor is presented when an employee has intervened directly to prevent life-threatening illness or injury during the course of duty.
• The Medal of Valor is awarded to an employee for an act or deed exhibiting uncommon heroism in the face of extreme danger.
Citizenship is dedicated to non-employees who display substantial support to the department, improving the overall direction, volunteering time, or offering assistance when life of a department employee is in jeopardy.

Department captains review all nominations and make recommendations to the sheriff for final approval.

Meritorious service
Dick Bowman (1986)
Richard Peters (1992)
Lowell "Bud" Berry (1997)
Noah Schrock (2007)
Mike Books (2010)

Lifesaving
Lon Smith (1986)
Jean Sedlar (1989)
Sheldon Brown (1993)
Don Cramer (1995)
Christopher Grathen (1998)
Mike McHenry (1998)
Jim Smith (2000)
Sharon Lowry (2003)
John Rosson (2006)
Jeremy Overmyer (2008)
Todd Horner (2008)
Scott Gould (2008)
Michael Bennett (2008)
Casey Lehman (2009)

Medal of Valor
Rick Drinkwine (1994)

Citizenship
Marlene Bontrager (2006)
Jenna Coleman (2007)

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