By Kristin Rover
Amelia Police Chief David Friend and Amelia council members recognized several police officers during their June 25 council meeting.
“We have a couple of officers I want to recognize,” Friend said.
Friend called officers Jeff Wood and Mike Matulewicz to the front of the room and told council members about several occasions where they went above and beyond the call of duty.
Friend said on April 19 the officers assisted Union Township Life Squad in a situation involving a woman who wasn’t breathing and was in cardiac arrest.
Friend said the officers provided CPR and helped keep the woman alive until she was transported to the hospital where she recovered.
“They went above and beyond the call of duty,” Friend said.
Friend said on May 12, the two officers also went above and beyond the call of duty when they helped apprehend suspects involved in multiple car break-ins that began in March.
“Officer Matulewicz positioned himself to observe the suspect entering multiple cars,” Friend said about the situation that lead to the arrest. “Officer Wood was concealed and the suspect walked toward him. He confronted the individual and apprehended him after a brief foot chase.”
Friend said the suspect was arrested for several thefts.
“There was a lot of hard work and man hours that went into the investigation,” Friend said.
He thanked the men for their hard work and they were given a letter of commendation as well as a certificate from Mayor Todd Hart.
Friend also called Officer Janice Lovins to the front of the room to recognize her.
“Every year Clermont County recognizes police officers with awards,” Friend said. “This year there wasn’t an award for this, but there is now.”
Friend said on March 12, Lovins responded to a domestic complaint in the village, and after investigating the complaint, she secured a search warrant for the home.
“An adult male was cultivating mushrooms,” Friend said about the result of the search.
Friend said multiple drug items including more than 707 grams of psychedelic mushrooms and Psilocybin mushrooms were recovered from the investigation.
He said it was the largest of this type of drug recovery in Clermont County.
Friend thanked Lovins for going above and beyond the call of duty during her work investigating and apprehending the suspects.
Hart also presented Lovins with an award for her work.
“It gives me great pleasure to give this award to Janice Lovins,” Hart said.
Hart thanked Lovins and said they are proud of the hard work of all the police officers in the village.
“It feels good to be recognized for our hard work,” Wood said.
Lovins said she is honored to receive an honored to receive an award from the villge.
“I certainly didn’t expect this,” she said.