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Two Yavapai County Sheriff's deputies awarded for excellence

Courtesy YCSO<br /><br /><!-- 1upcrlf2 -->Deputy Michael Lewis with MADD Program Director in Phoenix, Jason Frazier

Courtesy YCSO<br /><br /><!-- 1upcrlf2 -->Deputy Michael Lewis with MADD Program Director in Phoenix, Jason Frazier

PHOENIX - Two Yavapai County Sheriff's deputies have been awarded for their efforts recently.

On Thursday, Oct. 1, Deputy Michael Lewis was recognized by the Phoenix chapter of Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) as their 2015 Officer of the Year at an event in Phoenix.

His supervisor, Lt. Frank Barbaro, said, "This year, besides the most DUI arrests in the agency, Deputy Lewis has been attending training to further his knowledge of drugs and their effects while driving. He has also been certified as a DUI instructor and teaches at the law enforcement academy. Deputy Lewis has truly committed himself to excellence in DUI enforcement."

Lewis is a five-year veteran of the YCSO.

Deputy Michael Perry received the Deputy of the Year award from the Chino Valley Elks Lodge on Sept. 23.

Perry, who has been a deputy for more than three years, was nominated by his supervisor, Barbaro, who gave as an example of Perry's work a burglary investigation in which Perry tracked down a group of juveniles who had stolen a gun, cash, coins, and jewelry from a home.

He learned that they used a grocery store's coin counting machine to exchange $1,000 worth of coins for bills, looked at the surveillance video, and recognized one of the suspects.

Perry found the young suspects, who allegedly admitted to the crime and identified others involved, including an adult.

"I would like to acknowledge the excellent work of Deputies Lewis and Perry resulting in these well-deserved commendations," Sheriff Scott Mascher said. "(They) represent the best in YCSO and I am proud of them and all who serve with such dedication every day."