November 7, 2014
The Albemarle County Sheriff's Banquet recognized work given in a memorable year.
The annual dinner and awards thanked the Sheriff's Reserve Volunteer Division and staff for giving their time and work on Friday night.
"It's a night of celebration, but it's also a night of remembrance, we've had some sadness this year as well," said Guy Willliams, Captain of the Sheriff's Office Reserve Division.
This fiscal year, the group has contributed about 2,000 hours in the search for UVa student Hannah Graham.
One man who helped in the search along with many other jobs was the "reserve of the year" award recipient was Ron Mauer. Mauer has volunteered with the Sheriff's Reserve for four years. In this past fiscal year, Mauer volunteered more than 840 hours.
"If you think about it, someone with a full time job contributing over 840 hours is just unheard of, but Ron is just doing a terrific job, coordinating everything within the command staff as well as search and rescue," said Guy Willliams, Captain of the Sheriff's Office Reserve Division. "I'm very privileged and thankful to have Ron as the sergeant in charge of those communications. And organizationally, he's just superb."
Commonwealth's Attorney Denise Lunsford spoke, thanking the Sheriff's deputies and other deputies received awards for giving up to 20 years of service.
The reserve has contributed more than 18,000 volunteer hours during the past fiscal year.