Logansport public safety employees honored
A detective who has a passion for working in the Juvenile Division of the Logansport Police Department and two firefighters who were instrumental in rescuing a local man from a burning building have been recognized for their work.
Brad Miller, a first sergeant in the adult detective division, was named Logansport Police Officer of the Year Friday night at the Light Up Logansport Parade. Miller is a 20-year veteran of the department and has worked in the Patrol Division in addition to both the Juvenile and Adult Detective Divisions. He also serves as an evidence technician.
His fellow officers say he is well-respected within the department and the local law enforcement community. Officers can frequently be seen in his office. Miller is willing to be assigned any task or help in any manner, on and off the job. His work ethic defines him with police chiefs. He has been involved in many high-profile cases over the years, including numerous death cases, a murder/suicide investigation and several armed robberies.
Adrian Sanchez, a six-year veteran of the department, and Douglas Kitchell, a five-year veteran, were named Co-Firefighters of the Year. They were at the scene of a residential fire Feb. 4 at 2004 Woodlawn Ave. Smoke and fire were visible at the home when they arrived, and Fire Chief Bernie Mittica says his men were advised no one was in the home. But one occupant home told firefighters she was unable to locate her boyfriend, who had gone back inside the burning home to find his dog.
With limited visibility, the firefighters located the man in the garage and carried him outside the burning structure. He was not breathing and unresponsive. They initiated rescue breathing and prepared him for medical transport. After being hospitalized for nearly a month, the victim returned home and made a full recovery.
Mayor Dave Kitchell said the city is fortunate to have brave, dedicated people who work on behalf of the citizens who need them most at the most critical times in their lives. All three are a credit to their departments, which both produced several qualified nominees for the award.
SOURCE:News release from Logansport Mayor Dave Kitchell