Department Honors Staff for 2020 Achievements, Honoring All Who Contributed to 2020 Tornado Response Effort

Mt. Juliet, Tenn. – The department honored many staff members who went above and beyond during 2020, including all staff members who contributed to the 2020 tornado response effort. On Friday, March 26, Mt. Juliet Police Department’s annual 2020 award banquet was held, hosted by Joy Church at 10085 Lebanon Road. It was held later than usual due to previous COVID-19 restrictions.

The top award of the year went to Sergeant Robert Kimbrough, who received the Sgt. Jerry Mundy Employee of the Year award. Sgt. Kimbrough served as the B-Detail supervisor and faced many challenges during 2020. Regardless of those challenges, he pushed through with intense dedication, and his patrol shift excelled through his leadership.

Photo of Cpl. Kimbrough and Chief Hambrick

Sgt. Robert Kimbrough & Chief James Hambrick

Award of Valor Recipients

Recipients of this award placed themselves in danger to save another human being.

Water Rescue of Teenager – Sergeant Robert Kimbrough

On June 30, 2020, Sgt. Kimbrough, Corporal Barth, Officer Gibbs, and Capt. Chandler responded to flooded Cedar Creek, behind Pisano Street, regarding a 14-year-old female swept away in the swift water and now hanging on to a tree branch. Sgt. Kimbrough shed his gear, placed his floatation vest on, and immediately entered the swift water, while tethered to a rope held by Cpl. Barth, Ofc. Gibbs, and Capt. Chandler. Their efforts led to saving the female’s life. For this incident, Cpl. Barth, Ofc. Gibbs, and Capt. Chandler received Life-Saving Award, and for Sgt. Kimbrough’s efforts in placing himself in danger, he received the Valor Award.

Photo of Cpl. Kimbrough and Chief Hambrick

Sgt. Robert Kimbrough & Chief James Hambrick

Assault with a Vehicle – Corporal Chris Barth & Corporal Shanna Drake

On October 12, 2020, a suspect in a stolen car ran from officers, crashed into a guardrail, reversed towards a patrol vehicle, then reversed again, accelerating towards Officer Barth and Cpl. Drake, who just exited their patrol vehicles. Their efforts, while in harm’s way, led to no loss of life.

Cpl. Chris Barth & Chief James Hambrick

Cpl. Shanna Drake & Chief James Hambrick

Person Armed with a Knife – Officer Jacob Berti

On March 19, 2021, a 911 call came in about a disorderly person. Officer Berti was on his way home, just streets down from the call. He arrived on the scene first to discover an adult male exiting the home with a large knife in his hand. The individual continued to advance towards Berti, making threats and urging Berti to shoot. The advance continued three houses down the street as Berti continued to give commands, working to calm the individual and ensuring no one else was in danger. Then, the individual turned around and advanced towards his family members out in front of the home. Berti then had to convince the family members to go back inside, out of the individual’s path. When the individual reached the front porch, he dropped the knife, and Berti took the advantage to take the individual into custody.

Officer Jacob Berti & Chief James Hambrick

Award of Life Saving Recipients

Recipients of this award selflessly rendered lifesaving aid to a fellow human being. It recognizes their actions that saved a life.

Child Suffocating from Seat Belt – Detective Patrick Fegan

On December 26, 2019, Mt. Juliet Fire and Medical personnel were dispatched to 200 South Mt. Juliet Road, where an 8-year-old child was choking with a seat belt wrapped around the neck. Det. Fegan was in the area conducting an investigation. He heard the call, responded, and saw parents and employees attempting to rescue the child. Det. Fegan quickly cut the seat belt from the child’s neck and saved the child’s life.

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Gunshots Victim – Sergeant Lance Schneider & Corporal Michael Cordle

On January 20, 2020, Sgt. Schneider and Cpl. Cordle responded to 120 Providence Trail after an adult female was shot multiple times by a family member. Schneider and Cordle immediately worked together and rendered aid to the victim until medics arrived. At the same time, they successfully directed officers to the suspect, who took him into custody without incident.

Cpl. Michael Cordle & Chief James Hambrick

Sgt. Lance Schneider

Teenager in Mental Health Crisis – Corporal Chris Barth, Officer Cameron Hoppe, & Officer April Jamison

On April 30, 2020, Cpl. Barth, Ofc. Hoppe and Officer Jamison responded to a mental health crisis call in a neighborhood, where a teenager had wandered into nearby woods to end their life by hanging. Officers located the teenager in a tree, with a rope around the neck and ready to jump. Officers worked together to successfully calm and render aid to the individual, which ultimately saved the individual’s life.

Cpl. Chris Barth & Chief James Hambrick

Officer Cameron Hoppe

Officer April Jamison & Chief James Hambrick

Water Rescue of Teenager – Corporal Chris Barth, Officer Ben Gibbs, & Captain Tyler Chandler

On June 30, 2020, Sgt. Kimbrough, Corporal Barth, Officer Gibbs, and Capt. Chandler responded to flooded Cedar Creek, behind Pisano Street, regarding a 14-year-old female swept away in the swift water and now hanging on to a tree branch. Sgt. Kimbrough shed his gear, placed his floatation vest on, and immediately entered the swift water, while tethered to a rope held by Cpl. Barth, Ofc. Gibbs, and Capt. Chandler. Their efforts led to saving the female’s life. For this incident, Cpl. Barth, Ofc. Gibbs, and Capt. Chandler received Life-Saving Award, and for Sgt. Kimbrough’s efforts in placing himself in danger, he received the Valor Award.

Cpl. Chris Barth & Chief James Hambrick

Officer Ben Gibbs & Chief James Hambrick

Capt. Tyler Chandler & Chief James Hambrick

Award of Meritorious Conduct Recipients

Recipients of this award performed with extraordinary and exceptional police performance. It recognizes their actions that made a significant impact.

Tornado Response – All Employees who Assisted in the Tornado Response

On March 3, 2020, a terrible, devasting tornado tore through Mt. Juliet, leaving devastation and three lives cut short. The entire department contributed to the response effort, and they all were honored with the Award of Meritorious Conduct.

New Computer-Aided Dispatch & Records Management System Deployment – Supervisor Richard Frankich

A new Computer Aided Dispatch and Records Management System was deployed throughout 2020, and Richard Frankich was the lead and very instrumental in its development, deployment, and continued success.

Supervisor Richard Frankich & Chief James Hambrick

Mask Production – Evidence Coordinator Sandy Dempsey

Throughout 2020, COVID-19 struck our nation, and there was a great need for masks or face-coverings to help prevent the spread of the virus. Sandy quickly asked for approval and dedicated many days at the office and at home to produce multiple masks that were distributed to our staff and community members.

Evidence Coordinator Sandy Dempsey & Chief James Hambrick

THP Assistance – Detective Jonathan Pannell

On December 30, 2019, Det. Pannell was traveling while off-duty to Texas. In West Tennessee, he noticed a TN Highway Patrol Trooper attempting to stop a motorist. He eventually exited at the next exit to use the restroom when he saw that same Trooper, under duress, trying to take the suspect into custody. He was able to assist the Trooper, and they safely took the suspect into custody. Such selfless acts prevented the encounter from becoming worse.

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CPR of Overdose Victim – Corporal Chris Barth & Officer Jordan Brown

On October 9, 2020, officers responded to a home where an adult female had overdosed on pills. Ofc. Barth & Ofc. Brown found her in the restroom, naked, blue, not breathing, and minimal to zero heart activity amongst human waste. They immediately performed CPR for an extended period in an effort to save her life. While she ultimately succumbed to the overdose later at the hospital, their efforts displayed service above self and life-saving actions, regardless of the conditions.

Cpl. Christopher Barth & Chief James Hambrick

Officer Jordan Brown & Chief James Hambrick

CPR of Heart Attack Patient – Corporal Chris Barth

On October 10, 2020, Corporal Barth responded to a home for an unresponsive 80-year-old who had a long history of cardiac issues. Cpl. Barth immediately began CPR, and he continued through over 10 minutes while waiting for the ambulance to arrive. While he ultimately succumbed to the medical event later at the hospital, his efforts displayed service above self throughout the extended life-saving attempt.

Cpl. Chris Barth & Chief Hambrick

Other employees honored include:

Sergeant Cory Cook – Chief’s Award

Sgt. Cory Cook & Chief James Hambrick

R. Lieutenant Andy Long – Chief’s Award

R. Lt. Andy Long & Chief James Hambrick

Communications Supervisor Tracy Evans – Supervisor of the Year

Supervisor Tracy Evans & Chief James Hambrick

Cpl. Detective Josh Workman – Investigator of the Year

Det. Josh Workman & Chief James Hambrick

Specialized Officer of the Year – Officer Jamie Fialkowski

Officer Jamie Fialkowski & Chief James Hambrick

Patrol Officer of the Year – Officer Cameron Hoppe

Officer Cameron Hoppe

Officer Chad Richards – Reserve Officer of the Year

Officer Chad Richards & Chief James Hambrick

Steve Stepaniak Civilian of the Year Award – Roderick Jones

Capt. Tyler Chandler, Deputy Chief Michael Mullins, Animal Control Officer Roderick Jones, Chief James Hambrick, Lt. Wesley Neely, & Lt. Jason Brockman

Civilian Volunteer of the Year – Karen Ackerman

Karen Ackerman & Chief James Hambrick

Most DUI Convictions – Officer  Casey Clark

Most DUI Convictions Runner-up – Officer Austin Myers

Most Weapon Violation Arrests – Officer Jordan Brown

Most Weapon Violation Arrests Runner-up – Officer Jason Thomas

Most Street Level Drug Arrests – Officer Justin Angle

Most Street Level Drug Arrests Runner-up – Officer Cameron Hoppe

Most Traffic Safety Initiative – Officer Michael Wentzell

Most Traffic Safety Initiative Runner-up – Corporal Michael Cordle

Most Proactive Criminal Enforcement – Sergeant Scott Fulton

Most Proactive Criminal Enforcement Runner-up – Officer Cameron Hoppe

Top Reserve Officer Volunteer Hours – Lieutenant Andy Long

Top Reserve Officer Hours Dedicated to Patrol – Sergeant Sam Shallenberger

Top Reserve Officer Hours Dedicated to Special Events – Officer Chad Richards

Top Reserve Officer Hours Dedicated to Civic Meeting & Court Security – Officer Troy Davis

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