Officers honored for heroic actions

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) Three Allen County Sheriff’s Department officers were presented with County Civil Service Awards on Friday morning.

“It’s humbling, we’re just doing our jobs,” Officer Chris Amstutz said. “It’s not something we expect.”


Amstutz was 1 of 3 from the department honored on Friday. He pulled a driver from a car when it flipped into an icy ditch on Yohne Road in January.

In a similar situation, Officer Kenny Litzenberg helped pull a driver from a car that ended up in a pond along Leo Road.

Officer Kenny Litzenberg gets a pat on the back from Commissioner Nelson Peters.
Officer Kenny Litzenberg gets a pat on the back from Commissioner Nelson Peters. Litzenberg was one of three officers presented with service awards from the commissioners Friday.

“A lot of times we don’t hear the good things,” Litzenberg added. “So, it’s kinda nice every one in a while to at least hear the positive side, that people do at least recognize sometimes when things go right.”

The officers stand with just a handful of others who received the services awards since the program began in December.

“It’s a pleasure to do it,” Commissioner Therese Brown said. “I know they don’t do it to get a reward or anything like that, but these things need to be brought to the light.”

Family members and fellow officers gathered at the meeting, and shared their pride in those who say ‘it’s just their job.’

“They’re out there every day and every night doing some of the easy, mundane stuff, and then they’re ready to spring into action when something like that happens in front of them,” Sheriff David Gladieux added.  “I couldn’t be more proud.”

Officer Jeff Halsey, was the third to be presented an award. He was honored for his work with the Allen County Sex Offender Registry. He has been with the department for 19 years and has helped to keep things running smoothly.

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