Contact: David Chapman
Phone: (904) 255-3004
Cell: (904) 524-6626

May 8, 2024


The State Attorney’s Office hosted the 6th annual Daniel E. Watts Outstanding Law Enforcement Officer (OLEO) Awards, a recognition of exceptional law enforcement work in agencies throughout Clay, Duval, and Nassau counties. More than a dozen awards were presented including a K-9 Valor Award, Bravery Award, Medal of Valor Award, and several Investigative Excellence and Lifesaving awards.

These awards are made possible by Stellar and the Foster family. Congratulations to all of the winners and nominees who have saved and changed lives in the Fourth Circuit.

Medal of Valor Award

  • FHP Trooper Sergey Morozov
  • JSO Sergeant Senad Ahmetovic
  • JSO Officer Justin Cotton
  • USCBP Officer Kerry Redmond

Bravery Award

  • CCSO Deputy Charles Smith

Lifesaving Award

  • JSO Officer Christal Gause
  • JSO Officer Walter Umland

K-9 Valor Award

  • FHP K-9 Service Dog Sumi
  • FHP Trooper Christopher Karpinski

Investigative Excellence Award

  • A taskforce of JSO, IRS, DEA, and USCBP officers*
  • A taskforce of JSO officers and detectives*
  • NCSO Detective Ryan Goethe
  • FHP Corporal Justin Bowen

Meritorious Service Award

  • JSO Sergeant Steve Rudlaff

Civilian Public Safety Award

  • JSO Information Technology Analyst Christi Allen

Citizen & Volunteer Partnership Award

  • Pastor Russell Williams
  • Lauren Hutton

*Not every award winner is listed by name due to the nature of their work.

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