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Roswell officers honored for ‘exemplary’ service
by Joan Durbin
April 02, 2014 09:48 AM | 2522 views | 0 0 comments | 8 8 recommendations | email to a friend | print
A detective who devotes so much of himself to his work that he occasionally has to be reminded to take a break is the 2013 officer of the year in the Roswell Police Department. Detective Dana DeWeese was nominated because he had many recognitions from his peers and supervisors throughout the year for going over and above the call of duty, according to department public information officer, Lisa Holland. 

“He also worked several big cases this year, including a home invasion where his investigation led to an arrest, worked 18 hours straight on a kidnapping case where he ultimately recovered the victim, and the missing person case where a man disappeared by the Chattahoochee River.”

DeWeese takes each case personally and will follow up on each and every lead that he receives, Holland said, “sometimes to the point where his supervisors have to order him to go home and get rest.”

Not only is DeWeese a superb investigator, she said, he also volunteers for special events such as an annual nursing home beauty pageant in which he and other detectives dress up in suits, and escort the ladies down the aisle.

“DeWeese does not seek glory or attention upon himself.  In fact, he probably would tell you that he doesn’t deserve this award.  He is a humble person,” Holland said.

He and other department members were honored by the Roswell city council last week when Police Chief Rusty Grant announced the department’s annual awards to its personnel for exemplary service.

Officers Joshua Avren and Paul Reid have earned the Life Saving Medal for their swift actions in rendering CPR.

Roswell Police supervisor of the year is Sgt. Kyle Ratliff; Julianna Brumann is detention officer of the year, Michelle Schneider is communications officer of the year and civilian of the year is Tracey Hanrahan.

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