AIken Public Safety award winners
* Citizen Commendation: Jeffery Hesik and Janet Boone* Letter of Commendation: Ashley Cook, Angie Gibson, Johnny Johnson, Officer Brad Laird, Bill Musslewhite, Gerry Pearson, Syneta Hillary Valentine, Sgt. Dave Flanders, Cpl. Jeremy Hembree, Officer Chris Lind, Sgt. Jake Mahoney, Detective Kirk Owen, Officer Scot Richardson, Cpl. Sandy Rogers, Officer Penny Stanford, Sgt. Matt Braxton, Sgt. Karl Odenthal, Cpl. Jason Fogle, Officer Kim Clamp, Sgt. Aaron Dowdy, Cpl. Chris Carter, Cpl. Billy Cameron, Cpl. Sandra Rogers, Officer Chad Cathcart, Officer Carlos Colindres and Officer Brandon Bethmann* Lifesaving Awards: Sgt. Aaron Dowdy, Sgt. Craig Burgess, Officer Demetrick Drumming, Officer Ollie Hadden, Officer Steve Miano, Officer Mike Grabowski, Officer Chad Cathcart, Officer Chris Hammel, Cpl. Bryan Griswold, Cpl. Jeremy Hembree, Cpl. Cpl. Chris Carter, Jeff Wilson, Officer Jason Griffin and Officer Steve Miano* Distinguished Service Award - given to an officer who has served the department with more than 20 years of service: Director Pete FrommerEmployee of the Year: Alan WillingAssigned to the traffic and maintenance division, Willing is an active member with Trench Rescue and Tactical Rescue teams. He is a certified SSI SCUBA diver and active participant in a number of volunteer programs to help raise money for local nonprofits.Rookie of the Year: Officer Matthew BramlettAn officer since October 2008, Bramlett has been horned for both his community commitments and dedication to the department. He has organized and participated in many community and charity fund raisers.Awarded for arresting more than 10 drunken drivers in 2010, Bramlett is also an active member on the Tactical Rescue Team.Officer of the Year: Cpl. Chris CarterBest known for his assignment as a HEAT fifer and honored in 2010 for making more than 25 DUI arrests that year, Carter is active in Mothers Against Drunk Driving victim impact panels and helped organize and coordinate an annual DUI prevention program for fraternities and sororities at USCA.He has served on the departments Collision Reconstruction Tea and also active in fundraising efforts for the American Heart Association.