March 2015 Awards Ceremony

The Sheriff presented deputies with awards and certificates during the first quarterly awards ceremony of 2015.  Deputies were awarded for performing duties to the highest standard.  It is because of outstanding officers like these that the Wichita County Sheriff’s Office is able to perform as well as it does in the community.


September 25, 2014 Awards Ceremony

The Wichita County Sheriff’s Office held an Awards Ceremony on September 25, 2014 at the Wichita County Sheriff’s Office. Sheriff David Duke recognized employees for achievements as well as local business and volunteers for their efforts to help the Sheriff’s Office serve the citizens of Wichita County.


Sheriff Duke Congratulated Sergeant Time Bell (middle) and Corporal Sean Bigham (right) on their promotions.


Sheriff Duke presenting Deputy Tim Putney with a Civic Achievement Award for completing the Hotter-n-Hell Triple Threat in August 2014.


Sheriff Duke commissioned Detention Sergeant Mark Walker as a peace officer.


Community Awards

Sheriff Duke presenting Rick Gross with a Sheriff’s Business Award for the work he and Aramark have done in providing food and other supplies for numerous events hosted by the Sheriff’s Office.


Sheriff Duke presenting Dustin Jetton of Aqua OneSheriff’s Business Award as thanks for the years of proving water to deputies working the Hotter-n-Hell.


Sheriff Duke presenting Gary Case of Coca Cola Bottling Company a Sheriff’s Business Award as thanks for providing the water and soft drinks for every Citizen’s Academy as well as other numerous events hosted by the Sheriff’s Office.



Sheriff Duke swears in new Chaplain John Munson.


December Awards Ceremony

Wichita County

Citizen Recognized

IMG_0265Sheriff David Duke presented Judy Ricks an Appreciation Award for donating several hours of her time to help build numerous Christmas parade floats and a jail facade for the Sheriff’s Office. (Judy Ricks and Sheriff David Duke).

Fugitive Apprehension Team Supervisor Commended

IMG_0267Sheriff David Duke presented a Commendation Award to Sergeant Sergio Teruel who is the supervisor of the four man Fugitive Apprehension Team. Since inception on September 21, 2012, this team has been responsible for 110 arrests, serving 135 felony warrants, 20 municipal warrants, and the filing of 15 new cases. ( Sergeant Sergio Teruel and Sheriff David Duke).

Deputies Commended for Actions at Plane Crash

IMG_0269Sheriff David Duke presented Commendation Awards to Chief Deputy Derek Meador, Lieutenants George Robinson and Patrick McFerrin, Deputies Lee Crossman, Victoria Hatcher, and Gabriel Villarreal. The above deputies responded to the eastside of Wichita County where a Sheppard Air Force Base plane had crashed. They were able to remove the pilots to safety until medical personnel arrived. (Left to Right, Deputy Gabriel Villarreal, Deputy Lee Crossman, Lieutenant Patrick McFerrin, Lieutenant George Robinson, & Chief Deputy Derek Meador) (not pictured,Deputy Victoria Hatcher).

Sheriff’s Life Saving Award

IMG_0308Sheriff David Duke presented Electra, TX Police Officer Christopher Barnett with the Sheriff’s Life Saving Award. On November 19, 2013, Barnett was approached by an elderly couple near the intersection of Front Street and Bailey Street in Electra. He was advised by the female that she believed her husband was having a heart attack. Officer Barnett then began escorting the couple to the Electra Hospital. A train was blocking the road and he was notified that the male had lost consciousness. Officer Barnett began administering CPR. Upon EMS’s arrival, the male was transported to the Electra Hospital. After arrival to the hospital, it was noted due to Officer Barnett’s CPR actions, the males heart began beating saving his life. ( Officer Christopher Barnett and Sheriff David Duke).

Sheriff’s Purple Heart Award

Sheriff David Duke presented the Sheriff’s Purple Heart Award to Lieutenant George Robinson. On July 19, 2013, Robinson and other Deputies were attempting to rescue two pilots involved in a plane crash. While scaling over a tall fence, Robinson landed poorly on his feet, causing a severe break. (Lieutenant George Robinson and Sheriff David Duke).


IMG_0310Sheriff David Duke promoted Corporal Patrick McFerrin to the rank of Lieutenant and Deputy Josh Brown to the rank of Corporal. (Left to Right, Lieutenant Patrick McFerrin, Corporal Josh Brown, and Sheriff David Duke).

New Deputies

IMG_0317Sheriff David Duke swore in new deputies Kristian Valdez, Cole McGarry, and reserve deputy Brian Koschak. (Left to Right, Brian Koschak, Kristian Valdez, and Cole McGarry).

New Detention Deputies

Sheriff David Duke swore in new detention deputies Michael Dozier, Jason Lavender, Samantha Muncy, and Steve Fontenot.

Lieutenant Recognized for Years of Service

IMG_0400Sheriff David Duke recognized Lieutenant Robert Penaluna’s 35 years of dedicated service to the County of Wichita. Lieutenant Penaluna is currently assigned to the Court House Security Division and is the agencies head Evidence Custodian. ( Lieutenant Robert Penaluna and Sheriff David Duke).

Community Services Officer Appreciated

IMG_0404Sheriff David Duke presented Deputy Melvin Joyner with an Appreciation Award. Joyner has been instrumental in establishing the first ever Wichita County Sheriff’s Office Citizens Academy and Neighborhood Watch Program. He is also responsible for many other community oriented programs and activities. ( Deputy Melvin Joyner and Sheriff David Duke).

Military Veterans Honored

Sheriff David Duke honored 44 military veterans currently employed by the Sheriff’s Office and thanked them for their service to their country.

The above awards ceremony was conducted on 19 Dec 13.