Tennessee Department of Safety and Homeland Security Commissioner Bill Gibbons and Tennessee Highway Patrol (THP) Colonel Tracy Trott presented Trooper Michael Sullivan of Jackson and Dispatcher Andrew Lawson of Knoxville with the 2014 Trooper and Dispatcher of the Year award, respectively, at a special ceremony held in Murfreesboro. Also, the THP Fall Branch District was awarded the 2014 District of the Year.
The University of Tennessee head football coach Butch Jones served as the keynote speaker. Coach Jones is the son of a long time police chief and nephew to a Michigan State Police Commander.
The THP also recognized troopers and dispatchers in each of the agency’s districts across the state as well as honored those in specialized units, specifically for investigations, interdiction and commercial vehicle enforcement (CVE). The top-10 troopers were also recognized for DUI and seat belt and child restraint device enforcement while five troopers were honored for their work in stopping hazardous moving violators.
“Our state troopers and dispatchers serve on the front line in helping to ensure public safety for all Tennesseans. They truly are the finest public servants and most deserving of recognition. I’m glad that we were able to honor their commitment to the safety and security of Tennessee,” Commissioner Gibbons said.
“The two honorees exemplify the very best of what it means to be a trooper and dispatcher,” Colonel Trott said. “Trooper Sullivan works tirelessly to reduce crime and keep our roadways safer, while Dispatcher Lawson’s professionalism, decisiveness and calm under pressure probably saved the life of a trooper on his shift. It was my privilege to recognize them as the gold standard in their professions in 2014,” he added.