The annual Storm Lake Police Department awards went to Detective Mark Johnson and Medic Tim Speers Monday.
Speers was named the 2001 Civilian of the Year and Johnson the 2001 Officer of the Year for the Storm Lake Police Department in a ceremony at City Hall. Johnson has been with the Storm Lake Police Department for two years, coming to Storm Lake from Cherokee. In September of last year he was assigned as a detective with the criminal investigation division.
Public Safety Director Mark Prosser said Johnson does a lot for the department, including serving with the Mid-States Organized Crime Information Center, and the Region 5 and Buena Vista County Joint-Narcotics Units.
While the civilian of the year award is generally given to a civilian employee of the SLPD, this year's award was presented to Tim Speers for the work he has done with the Storm Lake Entry Team. A full-time paramedic with Buena Vista Regional Medical Center, he also serves as a medic for the entry team's intense work.
"In 1991 when we established the entry team, one component was a medic who would train with the team and go with the team on high-risk entries," said Prosser.
Speers stepped forward for the position and has been present for a majority of the 111 entries the team has done in the last 10-plus years, Prosser said.
The Storm Lake Entry Team was one of the first in the state to include a medic, a development copied statewide.