B-08-02 April 21, 2008 to August 29, 2008



Overall Best Student - The overall best student award is presented to the deputy with the highest cumulative score for all subjects, sponsored by the Deputy Sheriffs' Association of Pennsylvania.

Timothy Black
Cumberland County Sheriff's Office

Academic Achievement - The academic achievement award is presented to the deputy with the highest academic average, sponsored by the Pennsylvania Sheriffs' Association.

Scott Lambert
Luzerne County Sheriff's Office

Law - The law award is presented to the deputy with the highest average scores for civil and criminal law, sponsored by the Pennsylvania Bar Association.

Daniel Lauer
Venango County Sheriff's Office

Firearms - The firearms award is presented to the deputy with the highest firearms range qualification, sponsored by the Deputy Sheriffs' Education and Training Board.

Robert Evanchick
Luzerne County Sheriff's Office

Michael VanKuren Memorial Award
(Formerly the Defensive Tactics Award)

This memorial award is presented to the deputy with the highest score and profiency level in defensive tactics. Michael VanKuren was a Deputy Sheriff with the Bradford County Sheriff's Office, who was killed in the line of duty on March 31, 2004. Deputy VanKuren was also a Defensive Tactics Instructor with the Deputy Sheriffs' Training Academy.

Matthew Wilcox
Crawford County Sheriff's Office