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Three Deputies receive awards from the American Legion

Three officers of the Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office received awards from American Legion Indian Land Post 250 Monday night, March 27, 2017, at the Lancaster County Council meeting.  The American Legion annually recognizes law enforcement officers and members of other professions for outstanding service to their communities.  Local award winners compete for statewide awards.


Sgt. Torrey J. (T. J.) Murphy was honored by Post 250 as Outstanding Law Enforcement Officer of the Year.  Sgt. Murphy supervises the sheriff’s Street Crimes Unit, which patrols high crime areas of the county and conducts special operations including warrant service.  The unit has been very successful in apprehending defendants who were evading arrest.


Deputy M. B. (Brent) Williams was named Outstanding Traffic Safety Officer of the Year.  Deputy Williams is a member of the sheriff’s Traffic Enforcement Unit, which focuses on traffic law enforcement including speeding, seatbelt use, child restraint use, and driving under the influence to make our roads and highways safer.


Sgt. William C. (Bill) Murphy was named Outstanding Community Services Officer of the Year.  Sgt. Murphy supervises the sheriff’s Community Services Division which includes the Crime Watch Program, school resource officers, litter control, inventory, and building maintenance.  Sgt. Murphy spends countless hours making presentations to crime watches and other community groups informing members of incidents occurring in their communities and educating them on topics to keep them physically and financially safe.


Sheriff Barry Faile said, “I am proud of these officers.  They embody the mission of the Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office, which is ‘To provide efficient, innovative, and professional law enforcement services tailored to the needs of individual communities to improve their quality of life and keep them safe.’  Our friends at Indian Land Post 250 recognized that in these officers in selecting them for these awards.”