On Thursday, February 11, 2021 the Orange County Sheriff’s Office implemented and awarded the Citizen Meritorious Service Award.
The Citizen Meritorious Service Award was established to recognize those civilians who go above and beyond in their community. The award is given to a citizen who is not a sworn Officer who has shown integrity, dedication, and devotion to other citizens or law enforcement personnel.
The Orange County Sheriff’s Office recognized three individuals in our community who exemplify these characteristics in our Orange County.
During Hurricane Laura the West Orange-Cove ISD was crucial in the evacuation and transportation of the inmates from the Orange County Jail to other facilities in Texas. Superintendent Harris and his staff worked with the Sheriff’s Office and never complained when things were asked of them. The cooperation and backing of the Sheriff’s Office is appreciated more than words can say. Sheriff Jimmy Lane Mooney, Chief Keith Reneau, and Capt. David Lampman were there to present the awards. The following individuals were recognized and presented with the award. These individuals were also given a challenge coin from the Sheriff and the SWAT Team Commander.
Dr. Rickie R. Harris- Superintendent West Orange-Cove CISD
Manuel Vera- Transportation Director
Higinio Gonzales- Lead Mechanic
According to the OCSO this was the first time the award has been issued from the Orange County Sheriff’s Office to any citizen.