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Sheriff's Explorer Post Members Earn Awards & Recognition
(May 6, 2006)

Sheriff's Explorer Post Members Receive Awards

The annual Explorer Awards Banquet was held on May 6, 2006 on the campus of the University of Indianapolis. More than a dozen different Central Indiana Explorer posts in the Arts, Government, Fire, Medical, and Law Enforcement fields were present. Many different awards were given, and members of the Johnson County Sheriff's Law Enforcement Explorer Post were among the recipients.

Associate Post Advisor Anne Pratt and Colonel John Pratt both received awards commending them for their hard work and dedication to Law Enforcement Exploring. These awards signify the recognition that not only the other members of Sheriff's post appreciate and recognize the Pratt's dedication to the cause, but the Central Indiana Exploring Committee recognizes their tenacity as well.

Long time Post Advisor Ted F. McElyea was surprised by receiving the Spurgeon Award plaque, which is the highest honor awarded in Scouting. McElyea is one of a handful of advisors in the nation to receive the Spurgeon Award twice. Ted's dedication to the education and mentoring of youth is second to none. As a retired Sheriff's Deputy, Ted has continued to be an advisor to the post even though he has left his primary duties at the Sheriff's Office. Ted has been the advisor to hundreds of young adults who have valued his service; He has been involved in Scouting for a combined 50+ years. This fact speaks volumes to his dedication and the amount of lives he has positively impacted.

Other Advisors who were in attendance were Sergeant Tim White, Mrs. Judy Dillard, and Detective Bryan Wolfe. Other Explorer Post #841 members present for the ceremony were Sheriff Troy Montgomery and Explorer Jesse Lepper. The Sheriff's Explorer Staff wishes to commend all post members for the outstanding dedication to the program and for a good year; We look forward to continuing the tradition.

It is also important to remember other support who are important. While not currently members of the post, Parent Debbie Dore and Mrs. Jane White were also both in attendance. This program requires a lot of dedication from family of members who are gone from home often and donating time for the service of the community. We appreciate their support as well.

The Johnson County Sheriff’s Office Explorer program is for youths between the ages of 14 to 21. Members of this group are permitted to ride with Sheriff’s Deputies on the road division, work with 9-1-1 dispatchers in Communications, and assist the Jail Staff in the Jail. The Explorers participate in many community events and assist with functions such as the Johnson County Fair and different holiday festivals. This program is a great way for youths to determine if law enforcement is the right career path for them to take. Members of the program who are still in Secondary School are required to maintain minimum grades requirements to continue participation. Interested persons should come to one of the monthly meetings, held on the second Wednesday of each month at 7:00pm in the basement of the Sheriff’s Office at 1091 Hospital Road, Franklin, behind Johnson Memorial Hospital.

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