Mayor, chief of police honor police officers

3:56 PM, Apr 30, 2012   |    comments
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Knoxville Mayor Madeline Rogero and the chief of police honored some Knoxville police officers Monday including the Officer of the Year.

Michael Geddings of the repeat offender squad was named the 2011 Officer of the Year.

Chief David Rausch said Geddings wrote and executed 13 search warrants that resulted in the seizure of narcotics and weapons.

Rausch said Geddings has a rare determination to remove armed drug dealers from the streets.

Geddings was humble when he received his award and said everyone in his unit deserves the award.

"It is a big honor. Like I said, anyone in the repeat officer squad or any individuals I work with could have received this award. I'm really appreciative to my supervisors for their support and dedication to my unit and making sure that we have all the resources we need to be effective," said Officer Geddings.

Chelsea Wright also received an award for the Explorer of the Year for her dependability and volunteer hours.

Danny Dugan was the Reserve Officer of the year, and Dr. David Kitts was the 2011 Civilian Employee of the Year.

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