Brown County’s Jerry Clary is Post Law Enforcement of the Year

At an awards evening Wednesday, January 9, at the Sabetha Memorial Post 7285 of the Veterans of Foreign Wars, Post Commander Tom Evans, right, presents Post 7285’s Law Enforcement Officer of the Year Jerry Clary, left, with a certificate of appreciation.

Submitted by Patty Locher

Sabetha VFW Memorial Post 7285

Sabetha Memorial Post 7285 of the Veterans of Foreign Wars has selected Jerry Clary, Public Safety Resource Officer of the Brown County Sheriff’s Office, as Post 7285’s nominee for the J. Edgar Hoover Gold Medal Award as Law Enforcement Officer of the Year. Sheriff John Merchant submitted Clary for the Post recognition with the following nomination:

“I’m honored to nominate Jerry (J.D.) Clary for this award. Jerry has worked as my Public Safety Resource Officer for more than four years, and I’ve known him professionally for more than 15 years. He maintains high ideals and morals, especially when it encompasses military and law enforcement.

“Jerry proudly served many years in the military, including the U.S. Marine Corps, Kansas Army National Guard and Army Reserve. He deployed to Afghanistan in 2011-2012 as Supply and Services Branch Chief in Joint Sustainment Command. Receiving many military commendations and awards, Clary retired as a lieutenant colonel. Upon his return from Afghanistan, he resumed Kansas State Trooper duties. In addition, as part of his Army Reserve commitment, he served as Instructor, Command and General Staff College, at Camp Ashland, Neb. Clary retired as Kansas Highway Patrol Master Trooper in February 2014, after serving close to 27 years.

“In 2014, I recruited Jerry as Public Safety Resource Officer. I respect his professionalism and enthusiasm for instructing and helping others, especially youth. I was trying to launch the ‘Teen Lifesavers Initiative.’

“With Jerry’s adeptness, we launched the program in Horton and Hiawatha high schools to certify all high-school-age students in FIRST AID/CPR/AED. Jerry’s drive and diligence accelerated this program. We’ve certified more than 1,050 students and those working with students, free of charge to them. This program is so important that the state of Kansas joins 37 other states that mandate that seniors must successfully certify in FIRST AID/CPR/AED to graduate. Jerry’s insight and hard work turned this program into reality.

“Jerry is always ready, willing and able to help anyone, any time, and is an asset to the Sheriff’s office and our community. I’m honored to have Jerry on our team!

“In summary, Jerry’s initiatives and accomplishments include Teen Lifesaver Initiative, teaching and certifying students in First Aid/CPR/AED; providing defensive driving training, digital citizenship information for students, and school bus evacuation training; and obtaining grants enabling many minimal-cost county programs, to include Child Restraint System Installation, Inspection Station and Free Car Seats to low-income parents; SAFE program funding; and countless other areas.”

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