Kilgore Police Department held an awards banquet at Meadowbrook Golf and Event Center Wednesday to honor and congratulate police officers and staff members who have demonstrated outstanding service to the Kilgore community.

KPD Chief Todd Hunter presented the awards for Supervisor of the Year, Officer of the Year, Investigator of the Year, Rookie of the Year and Civilian of the Year.

Supervisor of the Year was awarded to Sgt. Vance Callahan. Sgt. Callahan has worked in law enforcement for over 25 years and has served with KPD for 15 years. Chief Hunter presented Sgt. Callahan with a plaque and his 15-year challenge coin to recognize his years of service. He will also be awarded a Generation 5 Glock 19 pistol.

Cpl. Kay Lynn Newbill received the Officer of the Year award and was presented with a plaque by the chief.

Investigator of the Year was awarded to Det. Stephen Goodson. Chief Hunter described how Det. Goodson played a major role in the quick apprehension of suspects in a recent investigation following a Sept. 2 homicide in Kilgore. This award is the third of its kind received by Det. Goodson.

Rookie of the Year was presented to Ofc. Frank McCullough. Ofc. McCullough served in the U.S. Air Force and joined KPD in Dec. 2019. Chief Hunter described how he does an excellent job of keeping the community safe from crime as well as promoting a great partnership between the community and the police department.

Civilian of the Year was awarded to Amber Clifford. She is a communications specialist for KPD and handles calls for police, fire, rescue, Kilgore College and many more.

Sgt. Joey Chitwood was presented with his 15-year service award. He has served as a school resource officer, a patrolman, a SWAT officer and now leads the Criminal Investigations Division.

KPD gives awards to its officers and staff annually but their 2020 awards ceremony was postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Chief Hunter said the department did not want to wait another year to award the hard work of officers and staff who go above and beyond the call of duty, and Wednesday’s ceremony allowed them to do just that.

Lunch for the event was catered by Mona Jimerson.

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