May 07, 2009

News Release

For Immediate Release

Police Sergeant's League Honors Peers with Annual Awards

On April 25, 2009 the Springfield Police Sergeant’s League sponsored the 5th annual banquet to benefit the Cpl. James Mott Memorial Scholarship Fund to College of the Ozarks. During the banquet the League took the opportunity to honor several of their peers as Corporal of the Year, Officer of the Year, and Civilian Employee of the Year. The honorees are selected from a number of nominated candidates based upon their exemplary service to both the Springfield Police Department and the City of Springfield over the last year. Chief Lynn Rowe was on hand to present the awards to the winners.

This year’s award recipients are:

Corporal of the Year: Cpl. Maggie McDowell.

Cpl. McDowell, a 14 year veteran of the Springfield Police Department, is currently assigned to the Criminal Investigations Division as a Sexual Crimes Investigator. She is tireless in her pursuit of the sexual offender, and often, once she is assigned a case, it is only a matter of time until the predator is brought to justice. But more than that, Cpl. McDowell is a true advocate for the victim. She is compassionate and supportive and takes a sincere interest in the well-being of the victim of the crime. She strives to make things as “right” as possible.

Officer of the Year: Officer John Brewer.

Officer Brewer has been with the Springfield Police Department for 11 years, but he still maintains the energy and enthusiasm that he had on the first day on the job. Through his sustained commitment to “good old-fashioned police work” and community policing he serves as an example to other officers and works to make crime fighting in Springfield a team effort. Officer Brewer is a generally upbeat and positive person, all the while, remaining respectful and courteous to all around him. He has a well-rounded and all-encompassing approach to law enforcement that define him as a consummate professional and a “complete” officer.

Civilian Employee of the Year: Police Services Representative Mike Ronsse.

PSR Ronsse is the definition of the word “service” in his Job title. Even after his own personal battle with cancer, he continued to put others first and always considers ways that he can serve. Whether it’s his family, his peers or the public. His enthusiasm and “can-do” spirit serve as an inspiration to those around him. He always goes above and beyond to help anyone, and does so with a smile and a kind word. He is not only a great employee, but a great man.

In addition to the recognition of their peers, Missouri Representative, Bob Dixon, presented each with a House of Representatives Resolution honoring them for their outstanding service to the community.

The Springfield Police Sergeants League was formed in 2004 as a benevolent and fraternal organization. Each year the League hosts a benefit banquet to support the Cpl. James Mott Memorial Scholarship fund to College of the Ozarks.

In 2003 Cpl. James Mott, a 13 year veteran of the department at that time, collapsed while on duty and later died as the result of a medical condition. The scholarship in his memory established to sponsor a student at College of the Ozarks who is pursuing Law Enforcement related studies.

Media Contact: Sgt. Greg Wheelen, phone: 417-425-0601; Release authorized by: Chief Lynn Rowe

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