Our BEST OF issue wouldn’t be complete without honoring some of those in our community who work every day to keep us safe. The staff at Dunwoody Police Department is committed to serving the citizens of Dunwoody and once a year, they pause to recognize some of their highest achievers–those officers and civilian staff who have gone above and beyond the call of duty in service to our citizens. Perimeter North Lifestyle proudly salutes these patriots from 2016.
Officer of the Year (4th Quarter Winner): Officer James “J.B.” Tate
Officer Tate’s most notable achievement during 2016 was his tireless efforts to research, propose and implement a 40th Anniversary Commemoration and Memorial of the death of Officer Thomas S. Atkisson. Officer Atkisson was a DeKalb County police officer who was killed in the line of duty on December 14,1976, while patrolling an area which is now part of the City of Dunwoody. As a result of Officer Tate’s efforts, Dunwoody’s Mayor and City Council named the intersection of Ashford Dunwoody Road and Perimeter Center West as the Thomas S. Atkisson Memorial Intersection with a permanently affixed street sign. Officer Atkisson’s family, friends and former coworkers were invited to the December 12, 2016, City Council Meeting, where the officer’s widow was presented a memorial plaque commemorating her late husband. An additional memorial plaque is now permanently displayed in DPD’s front lobby in the officer’s honor. Officer Atkisson is the only officer in the City of Dunwoody who has died in the line of duty.
Employee of the Year (1st Quarter Winner): PSR Vanessa Ollee
Police Service Representative Ollee was recognized for showing exceptional talent, enthusiasm, commitment and a great attitude during 2016. She displays genuineness in dealing with others, and goes above and beyond to take care of those with whom she works. Vanessa has also come in on her days off to help with fingerprinting and to cover for other shifts as needed.
Chief’s Award: Sergeant Robert Parsons
Sergeant Parsons was recognized for his outstanding contribution to the department and the citizens of Dunwoody through his successful advocacy and implementation of the department’s Naloxone/Narcan program. Officers have saved five lives through the use of Naloxone/Narcan since the program was implemented.
Chief’s Award: Officer Michael Cheek
Officer Cheek was recognized for his outstanding contribution to the department and the citizens of Dunwoody through the development and implementation of The Griffin Project. The Griffin Project is an outreach effort aimed at creating successful interactions between law enforcement and children with special needs.
Medal of Meritorious Service:
The Medal of Meritorious Service is awarded to an officer for outstanding performance during a lifesaving event.
Sergeant Jason Dove & Officer Nathan Berryman
Sergeant Dove and Officer Berryman responded to a possible drug overdose. Upon arriving on scene, both officers observed two subjects who were unconscious, unresponsive, and barely breathing as a result of a suspected heroin overdose. After assessing each patient, the officers immediately administered a dose of Naloxone in the patient’s thigh. While observing both patients, Sergeant Dove’s patient started to regain consciousness but Officer Berryman’s patient remained unresponsive with a shallow pulse and undetectable breathing. After approximately two minutes, Officer Berryman administered a second dose of Naloxone to his patient at which time the subject started to breathe better on his own as he regained consciousness. Fire rescue and EMS personnel arrived on scene to transport both patients to a local hospital for further treatment. Both subjects regained full consciousness and are expected to fully recover.