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Wayne County residents honored for their service

Orrville Police officer Elisbeth Herbert was named 2017’s Outstanding Peace Officer.

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Two Wayne County residents were honored in Columbus on Thursday, Nov. 30 by the Ohio Prosecuting Attorneys Association. The OPAA represents elected prosecuting attorneys and assistant prosecuting attorneys throughout the State of Ohio.
 
Each year at its annual meeting, the OPAA bestows several awards, two of which are the Outstanding Prosecuting Attorney of the Year Award, which honors one of the 88 elected prosecuting attorneys in the State of Ohio, and the Outstanding Peace Officer of the Year Award, which honors one of Ohio’s law enforcement officers.
 
Orrville Police officer Elisbeth Herbert was named 2017’s Outstanding Peace Officer, and Wayne County Prosecuting Attorney Daniel R. Lutz was named 2017’s Outstanding Prosecuting Attorney.
 
At an awards luncheon, Herbert was commended for her actions responding to a “shots fired” call where she was the first law enforcement officer to arrive on scene to confront a man pointing a .44-caliber revolver out of his apartment door, reluctant to drop his gun with which he had just shot a man point blank in the chest. The citation nominating Herbert for the award reads in part:
 
"Officer Elisbeth Herbert showed great restraint, discipline, courage and presence of mind not to use deadly force under very tense circumstances. Furthermore, she showed exemplary devotion to duty and professionalism in rendering first aid to a gunshot victim, followed by many hours of investigative responsibilities and subsequent trial testimony, which ultimately culminated in the indictment, prosecution and conviction of Paul Claren for aggravated murder, following a seven-day jury trial in August. Officer Herbert’s actions reflect great credit upon herself, the Orrville Police Department and law enforcement in general."
 
At a dinner banquet later that evening, Lutz was presented the Outstanding Prosecuting Attorney of the Year Award by the OPAA Awards Committee chairman Kevin Baxter, who commended Lutz for:
 
—His leadership as an officer on the OPAA’s Executive Committee and his outstanding contributions as a member of the OPAA’s Legislative Committee.
 
—For representing the interests of prosecutors as vice chair of the Ohio Supreme Court’s task force to examine improvements to the Ohio Grand Jury System.
 
—For his work with, and testimony before, the Ohio legislature to amend Ohio law to better address the lethality of fentanyl and fentanyl-related compounds as well as his ongoing efforts pursuing legislation offering more robust penalties for those who traffic in such dangerous drugs.
 
—For his work with Congressman Renacci’s office and the National District Attorneys Association to amend the federal Law Enforcement Officers Safety Act to bring prosecuting attorneys and retired prosecuting attorneys under the protections of that act.
 
—For his office’s prosecution of Paul Claren for the aggravated murder of Bryan Galliher, recognizing that Claren had previously threatened the lives of Summit County Prosecuting Attorney Sherri Bevan Walsh and now retired Summit County Common Pleas Judge Mary Spicer.
 
—For his passion to confront the opioid epidemic through prevention efforts by regularly speaking to Wayne County’s middle school and high school students about the dangers of opioids and other dangerous drugs.
 
For more information call Steve Hall, OPAA assistant executive director, at 614-221-1266 or email steve@ohiopa.org">steve@ohiopa.org.
 

Published: December 7, 2017
New Article ID: 2017171209976