COUNTY—In observance of National Police Week, the Wayne County Board of Commissioners recognized Deputies in the Sheriff's office for their long years of service to the county.

Five deputies were honored, Thursday, for their combined total of just under three decades' experience in the Sheriff's Department.

Receiving pins of recognition were Deputies Nick Corazzi (two years), Ron Kominski (three years), Chad Hankinson (four years), Mark Santoli (10 years) and Patricia Krempasky (10 years).

Each day, the deputies are responsible for securing the Courthouse, Dimmick Building and Park Street Complex by monitoring x-ray stations and magnetometers at the entrances to each location.

Sheriff's Deputies are also responsible for prisoner transport and “...are also charged with the responsibility of getting people that don't really want to be here for court,” explained Sheriff Mark Steelman. “That's usually one of the more dangerous aspects of being here.”

Deputies also assist county Children and Youth Services, the Probation Office, serve civil complaints and protection from abuse orders, attend mortgage foreclosures, hold sheriff's sales and oversee the transfer of property and real estate.

“We have come a long way...,” said Steelman. “One of the reasons we've come so far is because of the relationship we have with the commissioners and the backing you've given us to give us the tools and supplies we need now. So, we appreciate that.”

Noting the safety aspects of Deputy Sheriffs' duties, Commissioner Wendell Kay stated members of the office will be a part of an upcoming active shooter training drill.

“These folks, these Deputy Sheriffs and our Sheriff,” said Kay, “are, of course, a part of that process because whenever that happens now, you will respond as well as anybody else who has a badge and a weapon.”

Further attesting to the Deputies' importance as administrators of safety, Commissioner Chairman Brian Smith relayed the need for metal detectors and x-ray machines arose out of a past shooting incident at the Courthouse.

Speaking to the deputies, Smith said, “Your job's just become more and more important as time goes on. And the amount of training that you receive becomes more and more, and your job is more demanding. And so we greatly appreciate everything you do in keeping us safe...”

Commending the deputies, Commissioner Joseph Adams stated, in addition to their training with arms and emergency response tactics, the deputies' training in de-escalation techniques “...is such a critical thing in our society right now, and so difficult to do. And our deputies and sheriff have done an amazing job in a number of cases of being able to do that.”