Sheriff hands out awards to officers

Thursday, May 16, 2002

Cape Girardeau County Sheriff John Jordan presented four officers with awards for excellence in performance Wednesday.

Sgt. Sharon Jones was given the Timothy J. Ruopp Award, and Eric Friedrich, Suzanne Fluegge and Judy Odom were given Copeland Excellence Awards.

Jones began her career with the Cape Girardeau County sheriff's office in September 1985. She is currently the sergeant in charge of daily operations of the sheriff's office 911 communications division.

The Timothy J. Ruopp Award has been presented each year since 1984 in honor of Timothy J. Ruopp, a past employee of the Cape Girardeau County sheriff's office who was killed in the line of duty as a law enforcement officer in California.

Friedrich has been with the sheriff's office since September 1988 and is currently a sergeant with the investigations division, Fluegge has been with the office since August 1996 and is currently in charge of the criminal records in the business operations division, and Odom has been with the office since January 1995 and is currently a corrections officer in the jail division.

The Copeland Excellence awards have been given annually since 1995 in honor of former Cape Girardeau County Sheriff Norman Copeland.

The award is given to employees of the sheriff's office who have demonstrated they are striving for excellence in the performance of the task assigned to them.

Copeland served from March 1986 until his retirement in July 1994.

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