Numerous Laramie County Sheriff's Office employees were recognized for their achievements during the department's first-ever holiday dinner and awards ceremony Tuesday evening.

Deputies Herlihey, Huebner, Mershon, Chapman, Sgt. Johnson, Vigil, Mondragon, and Graham were recognized for their life-saving work.

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Deputies Ninneman, Herlihey, Chapman, Warren, and Huebner received the Unit Citation Award for their response to a 911 hang-up call where the suspect stabbed Ninneman while resisting arrest, and Ninneman was also awarded the Purple Heart.

Deputy Lahart received the Commendation Award for entering a smoke-filled home with a firefighter to find an intoxicated individual who was inside. They found the person unconscious and carried him to safety.

Deputy Martinez was named Detention Deputy of the Year and Deputy Wilson was named Operations Deputy of the Year.


Deputy Dudley, who was recently promoted to the rank of Corporal in the Detective Division, was pinned with stripes.

And the Sheriff’s Award went to Deputy Wright, who made more than 63 warrant arrests, many self-initiated, to assist with the 2023 patrol goal.

The department says Deputy Wright's ability to track the whereabouts of criminals is legendary with his squad, who call him the “walking warrant Rolodex."

The department also awarded Norah Harris with a Civilian Life Saving Award, Kaitlynn Martin with the Civilian Employee of the Year Award, and Mike Sand with the Volunteer of the Year Award, and honored 58 of its employees with a Military Service Award.

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