Duke police employees honored with lifesaving, chief awards
Peter Cromwell, Sara-Jane Raines, Adam Munck and Graham Smith share a special bond.
They’re all members of the Duke University Police Department who each saved a life in the past year by performing CPR, or in the case of Raines, by retrieving an automated external defibrillator to deliver a shock to a man’s heart.
“Thanks for the significant work you do as a team,” Duke Police Chief John Dailey told department employees gathered in the Nasher Museum of Art for an annual awards ceremony. “You have elevated all of us who are here. This is a great institution. This is a great department, and I’m proud to work with you.”
During the ceremony Thursday, Aug. 12, the lifesavers each received a red, white and blue uniform pin and stood among others recognized for teamwork and service, including Security Officer and Recruiter Charity Tuten, recipient of the Chief’s Award.
“I’m truly grateful,” said a beaming Tuten, as she stood in the Nasher lobby with an engraved glass award in her hands.
Her supervisor gushed about Tuten’s contributions in compiling a manual for security officers and coordinating department training and meetings for first aid and CPR, responsibilities outside her role as the department’s background investigator. “Charity does so much above and beyond,” said Raines.
Kyle Cavanaugh, vice president for Duke Human Resources, spoke during the ceremony and thanked police employees for their 24/7 commitment to keeping the Duke community safe.
“You’re held in very high regard across the institution,” Cavanaugh said. “There’s great appreciation for what you do and an understanding for the complexities.”
In addition to the lifesaving and Chief awards, the police department presented the following awards:
Manager of the Year to Captain Sara-Jane Raines: A nominee must display excellence in management and leadership. “As described in her nomination, this year’s winner consistently motivates and supports her staff in achieving personal and professional goals and has made a positive impact on the employee morale in the Training and Recruiting Division,” Dailey said.
Outstanding Teamwork to Communications and Records Division: This award is presented to any unit that has displayed a combination of teamwork, diligence and perseverance. This year’s winners have done just that through volunteering during staff shortages and their professional response to highly intense calls for service. “Because of their teamwork, lives are saved, property is protected and officers are provided with the information they need to safely perform their duties,” Dailey said.
Community Service to First Sergeant Mark Faust, Lieutenant Rekayi Isley and First Sergeant David Johnson (Team Duke): This award is presented to an employee or group who goes above and beyond to make a significant contribution to the community. Team Duke was nominated for its dedication to Law Enforcement United, an organization that recognizes fallen officers. Together, Team Duke raised money and awareness for the officer memorial fund. One of the most significant contributions was the nearly 300 mile bike ride from Virginia to Washington, D.C., in honor of former Officer Charles Callemyn, who died while performing his duties with the Durham Police Department. “We are proud of them and thankful that they, along with hundreds of officers from around the country who made this trip, felt compelled to honor officers who were killed in the line of duty,” Dailey said.
Coveted Badge to Terri Beck of Duke Human Resources: Each year, a civilian who has provided extraordinary service to the department is selected to receive this award. “The person chosen for this award has provided such service through her professionalism, responsiveness to our needs and support of the department,” Dailey said. “Nominated by the Recruiting Division, this year’s winner has enhanced our ability to recruit and hire qualified people.”