Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Firefighter and Police Officer of the Year

The Taylorsville Exchange Club gave out Firefighter and Police Officer of the Year awards at their monthly meeting on Oct. 10, 2012. 

Paramedic Nate Bogenschutz from Unified Fire Authority and Detective Troy Martinez from Unified Police Department were honored. Both serve the Taylorsville area.

Paramedic Nate Bogenschutz accepts award presented by UFA Battalion Chief and
Taylorsville Exchange Club President Jay Ziolkowski.

Since his hire date on October of 2003, Nate Bogenschutz has contributed much to the organization as both a firefighter and paramedic. For over six years he has worked within the City of Taylorsville and rendered aid to countless patients.

Bogenschutz has served as one of Unified Fire Authority’s search and rescue dog handlers for eight years. He has written policy on the deployment of canines, and protocols for sedation and decontamination should they be exposed to a hostile environment. Additionally, he is one of only 75 evaluators in the nation certified to evaluate other canine handlers for the Urban Search and Rescue groups throughout the country.

Bogenschutz also serves as one of UFA’s battalion medical trainers, preceptor to new paramedics, bike medic during community events such as Taylorsville Dayzz, and host to our local leaders during Fire School 101.

Detective Troy Martinez accepts award with UPD Sheriff Jim Winder and
Taylorsville Exchange Club President Jay Ziolkowski

Troy Martinez has worked in Law Enforcement for over 17 years.  During that time, Troy has worked patrol, property crimes, person crimes, and as a public information officer. He is also a training instructor in several areas.

Martinez currently works for the Special Victims Unit of Unified Police Department. He investigates child sex crimes, crimes against children and child abuse cases. These types of cases are extremely difficult and require a lot of interviews with children, family members, suspects and parents.

Employees at the Children’s Justice Center comment often on his demeanor and willingness to work each case to a successful end. The Department of Children and Family Services has a great working relationship with Martinez and have also commented on his dedication and his ability to investigate these types of cases.

Martinez is always positive and upbeat while at work. He has great morale and a positive outlook while maintaining a very large case load. He is always willing to step up and assist any officer who has questions regarding these emotionally difficult cases.

Congratulations to these two professionals who serve our Taylorsville community!

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