The Baytown Chamber of Commerce 26th annual Public Safety Recognition Luncheon honors police officers and firefighters/paramedics for their outstanding service to the Baytown community. âThis is a time to come together as a community to show our appreciation for the freedom and safety we have been given,â said Rikki Wheeler, the chamberâs executive vice president.
The highlight of the luncheon is honoring the nominees of each department and the presentation of the Public Safety Award of Excellence to the Police Officer of the Year, Firefighter/Paramedic of the Year and Constable Deputy of the Year.
El Toro will be donating $25 gift cards to all nominees and state Rep. Briscoe Cain and Will Carter of US Congressmanâs Brian Babinâs office will present the winners with a special certificates. The chamber will present each winner with a plaque.
The sold-out event will be held Tuesday at the Baytown Community Center. Look for coverage in Wednesdayâs Sun.
Jeffrey Daigle is a native of Bridge City, Texas. Jeff was enamored of the fire service from an early age and joined the Bridge City Volunteer Fire Department while he was attending high school. There he was literally kicked into a house fire by the chief and no one has ever since had to tell him to hurry in to a tight situation.Â
After graduating from Bridge City High School, he joined the U.S. Army and was briefly featured on CNN during the invasion of Panama in 1989. After the Army he applied to the Baytown Fire Department and was hired by longtime chief Buddy McBride.Â
Since May 16, 1991, Jeffrey has comes to work with a positive, can do attitude. Jeffrey excels as a firefighter and in all assignments and technical specialties.Â
Jeffrey has compassion for anyone he meets and when on medical incidents he provides the highest quality of patient care. He is the first person inside the house fire or overturned vehicle to access and handle the situation.Â
Jeffrey has been awarded the following awards by the departmentâs Awards Committee: a Medal of Merit for assisting in the rescue of two people in a capsized shrimp boat,Â another Medal of Merit for assisting in the rescue of a citizen from a house fire in 2015, and a third Medal of Merit for assisting in a swift-water rescue during Hurricane Harvey. Jeffrey excels in the use of rescue, extrication, and forcible entry tools and works tirelessly on fire scenes. Jeffrey does everything within his power to reduce stress, strain, and discomfort for all persons affected by each emergency.
Jeffrey is a team player, who encourages excellence and a good work ethic from those around him. As a senior firefighter, Jeffrey mentors new and fellow fire fighters, offering knowledge and know-how in his many areas of expertise.Â
Jeffrey is also a popular instructor who has trained many firefighters in structural firefighting and is highly sought after to train industrial personnel in all facets of emergency response, such as industrial firefighting, rescue, and hazardous materials. He has been an instructor at the Municipal Fire School held at Texas A&Mâs Brayton Fire Field for many years training individuals from all over the country. Jeffrey is upbeat no matter how difficult the task and meets both friend and stranger with a smile.
Jeffrey is a 27-year firefighter, with an Advanced Firefighter Certification through the Texas Commission on Fire Protection. He is also certified through the TCFP as a Driver/Operator and Fire instructor 2; he has also received certifications in Marine firefighting and Hazardous Material Technician.
He still lives in Bridge City where his hobbies include all things fire and rescue, his dog, and his friends and family. Jeffrey is being nominated for his work ethic, habits, and attitude along with how he is continually improving his skills and mindset for the betterment of the department.
Robert Hebert grew up in Alvin, Texas and dreamed of being a firefighter at a very young age.Â
He joined the Nassau Bay Volunteer Fire Department in 1996 and knew he wanted a career as a professional firefighter. He pursued his dream and applied for the Baytown Fire Department where he had the opportunity to take the Civil Service exam. Since August 1, 2005, Robert has comes to work with a positive, can do attitude. Robert excels as a firefighter and chooses the most challenging assignments, jobs, and technical specialties, and excels in them.Â
Robert is a member of the Baytown Fire Departmentâs Regional Response Hazardous Materials team and a member of the departmentâs Texas Intrastate Mutual Aid System as a Wildland Engine Boss and an All-Hazards responder. He also serves the Fire Department by managing the inventory of portable lights, ensuring they are all in good repair and ready for emergency use. He has been instrumental in assisting with grant purchases for the HazMat team.Â
Robert is the first person to dive into new projects and is willing to take on the extra workload with the knowledge that his actions will benefit the department in the future. Robert does everything within his power to reduce stress, strain, and discomfort for all persons affected by each emergency.
Robert is a team player, who encourages excellence and a good work ethic from those around him.Â As a senior member of the department, Robert mentors new and fellow fire fighters, offering knowledge and know-how, in his many areas of expertise.Â Robert is upbeat no matter how difficult the task and meets both friend and stranger with a smile.
Robert is a 13-year member, with an Advanced Firefighter Certificate through the Texas Commission on Fire Protection. He is also certified through the TCFP as a Driver/Operator, wildland firefighter, hazardous materials technician, fire officer, and fire instructor. Through the National Wildfire Coordinating Group he is certified as an Engine Boss. He is an Advanced EMT through the Texas Department of State Health Services. In his spare time Robert enjoys spending time with his wife Lisa and son Ryan, along with other family and friends. His hobbies outside the job include a passion for golf, video games with his son, and he still volunteers for the community of Nassau Bay.
Robert is being nominated for his work ethic, habits, and attitude along with how he is continually improving his skills and mindset for the betterment of the department.
Thomas Carr is a Baytown native who grew up in the neighborhood he spent most of his career protecting. After graduating from Lee High School, he wanted a good job that his growing family could depend on. Lieutenant Carr joined the Baytown Fire Department on March 19, 1984. He received his Basic Firefighter Certification through the Texas Commission on Fire Protection in March of 1985. In June 1988, Carr was promoted to Equipment Operator. He was promoted to Lieutenant on March 16, 1992 where he was assigned as the Training Officer. Lt. Carr was transferred to Station #4, where he became interested in the hazardous materials aspect of the fire service. Thomas obtained his Hazardous Materials Technician Certification through the Texas Commission on Fire Protection in April of 2005. The Baytown Fire Department began operation of its Regional Hazardous Materials Response Team in 2005 with LT. Carr as one of the original members. LT Carr continued to help manage the team through transitions of membership until his transfer to Station #6. Lieutenant Carr was also one of the original members of the Baytown Fire Department Honor Guard where he served from 2005 until 2016.
Carr is a team player, who expects excellence and good work ethic from those around him.Â As an officer of the department, Thomas has mentored new and fellow officers, offering knowledge and know-how, in his many areas of expertise.
Thomas Carr is a 34 plus years firefighter, with an Advanced Firefighter Certification through the Texas Commission on Fire Protection. He is also certified through the TCFP as a Driver/Operator, hazardous material technician, Fire Instructor I, and Fire Officer I.
Thomas currently lives on acreage in Devers where he enjoys tending his land with his wife Michelle and receiving visits from his three grown daughters, grown son, and his grandchildren.
Thomas is being nominated for his work ethic, habits, and attitude along with how he is continually improving his skills and mindset for the betterment of the department.
Cody Dodson was born in Henderson, Texas and is a 2009 graduate of Carthage High School. After high school, Cody briefly attended Panola Junior College before becoming a full time student at Sam Houston State University in Huntsville. While in college, Cody played on and was later named Team Captain of the Bearkat rugby team.Â
In his last semester of college, Cody met Baytown police recruiters at a career fair on campus. Cody applied for a police officer position. He graduated college in May 2013 with a bachelorâs degree in criminal justice and was hired almost immediately.Â
He attended the University of Houston-Downtown Police Academy and graduated in August 2013. Cody was elected by his academy classmates to be the class Corporal. In addition to being an academic leader, he earned three academy physical fitness commendations, finishing at the top of his class.
Cody was noted to receive high marks for attitude and ability to learn as he went through the field training program. Upon graduating, Cody was assigned to the graveyard shift, where he continues to work. Even as a rookie, Cody showed much intelligence and displayed a proactive desire to rid the criminal element from Baytown. Cody has received several accolades from his supervisors, and his peers.
In early 2014 Cody was among the youngest officers in the history of the Baytown Police Department to be selected as a SWAT officer and is currently classified as an operator on this elite team.Â
Cody has become a valued member of the field training cadre, and goes to great lengths to assure his trainees reach the level of readiness required for a patrol officer. Cody is the primary Instructor for standard field sobriety testing and driving while intoxicated related classes for new officers, and is able to teach and relate techniques to students through his knowledge and experience.Â
Cody has been recognized on numerous occasions by citizens and supervisors for his superior work and going above and beyond the call of duty.Â
Other awards include three letters of Application, four Patrol Officer Of The Month, Commanders Award of Excellence, Honorable Conduct Medal, Life Saving Medal and Officer of the Quarter.
Cody is a valuable asset to the Department and the citizens of Baytown, having the ability to work with little to no supervision, eager to help others while displaying sound judgment and problem solving skills.
Troy Crawford was born in Watseka, Illinois on April 1, 1983 and attended the local high school in Hoopeston, Illinois. Â
In June 2006, Troy enlisted into the U.S. Army to faithfully serve his country. After graduating from boot camp, he was assigned to the 82nd Air Borne Division where he was deployed to Iraq. Troy took part in combat operations in OIF/OEF 6 and 7. Troy received numerous awards and commendations for his service before leaving the Army with an Honorable Discharge.
In December 2010, Troy graduated from the College of The Mainland Police Academy obtaining his peace officer certification. In May 2011, he was hired by Baytown Police Department and quickly gained the reputation of a quick learner and even quicker leader. He possesses the innate ability to work under intense pressure and can think quickly on his feet.
Troy was initially assigned to the graveyard shift as a patrol officer. Once his supervisors took notice of his prowess and ability to work with limited supervision, they unanimously selected him to become a vital member of the âHot Spotâ team, a group of eight officers that target certain areas of the city that are plagued with violent crimes.
While off duty and traveling to work, Troy responded to the scene of a reported suicidal woman hanging over the top edge of the Fred Hartman Bridge. Troy made contact with the despondent woman and began talking to her. Â
While continuing communication, Troy slowly closed the distance between himself and the suicidal woman. Troy positioned himself on the roadway-side of the railing near the woman. Troy displayed a calm and tranquil demeanor, lowering the womanâs anxieties, and convincing her to cross back over the railing to safety. Â
It was learned the female had full intentions of jumping to her death. Troyâs timely intervention and ability to de-escalate this precarious situation led to the woman receiving the medical treatment she needed and gave her a new lease on life. Â
Troy has over 2,900 hours of training through the Texas Commission on Law Enforcement and holds a Basic Instructorâs certification specializing in Trauma Affected Veterans.Â
Troy has been recognized on numerous occasions by citizens and his supervisors for his superior work and going above and beyond the call of duty.Â
Other awards include five letters of Application, two Patrol Officer Of The Month, Honorable Conduct Medal, Life Saving Award, Officer of the Quarter and Armed Forces Service Ribbon.Â
Troyâs efforts to save a human life bring great credit to him and the Baytown Police Department.Â