American Legion Post 395 presented its first Law Officer of the Year Award during the Crestview City Council meeting on Dec. 9. This award recognizes a law enforcement officer who has proven personal dedication to societal security and protection.
Post Commander Raymond Nelson presented the award to Okaloosa County Deputy Sheriff Heath Hehl. “Each American Legion Post may present this award and the post winner can compete in the Department of Florida Law Enforcement Officer of the Year and then National Law Enforcement Officer of the Year Award if winner at state level," Nelson said. "The recognition goes to a well-rounded law enforcement officer who has exceeded the duty requirements expected of his or her position and has demonstrated a distinct pattern of community service coupled with professional achievement.”
Each year, the post will select one nominee from either the Crestview Police Department, Florida Highway Patrol, and Sheriff’s Department who patrol Northern Okaloosa County as the Law Officer of the Year.
Hehl has been with the Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Department for three years, his supervisor Sgt. Micah Redmon said, “Deputy Hehl has a thorough understanding of what is expected as a patrol deputy, the mission of our team and the sheriff’s office. (He) also has a thorough knowledge of the needs of the community, as his roots and ties in this community are deep.”
Commander Raymond Nelson