Four Sheriff’s deputies with the Canadian County Sheriff’s Office were recognized this past Friday night by the Oklahoma Sheriffs Association (OSA) for their exceptional performance, acts of heroism and ultimate sacrifice.  The awards were presented at the OSA’s annual conference and awards banquet which was conducted on Friday, the 16th at the Embassy Suites Hotel and Conference Center in Norman, Oklahoma. 

Sheriff’s Investigator Chelsea Adkins received a “Meritorious Service Award” for her exceptional performance during the past year working as an Investigator with the Canadian County Sheriff’s Office on Child Predator and Internet Crimes Against Children. “Deputy Adkins’ dedication to protecting children has resulted in the arrest of multiple subjects over the past year, and her work is directly responsible for safe-guarding the lives of Canadian County children,” said Chris West, Canadian County Sheriff.

Sergeant Austin Albrecht and Deputy Sheriff Tony Dorman Jr. both received “Life Saving Awards” for their quick response and decisive actions in saving the lives of two citizens this past year after they were overcome by toxic fumes in the basement of a home they were working in.  “If not for the quick thinking and decisive actions of Sergeant Albrecht and Deputy Dorman, I’m certain neither subject would be alive today.  Albrecht and Dorman truly risked their own lives when they entered the basement to rescue both victims who were unconscious at the time of their rescue.  I’m very proud of all three who help to make an awesome team at the Sheriff’s Office,” West said.

Lieutenant Shirley Lanning’s family was presented with the OSA’s “Sheriff’s Cross” which is the organizations highest award, and awarded posthumously to the family members of those deputies who give their lives in the performance of duty.  Lanning was tragically killed on February 14, 2020 when she experienced a medical event and collided with another vehicle on NW Hwy just west of the Kilpatrick Turnpike.  Lieutenant Lanning had been with the Sheriff’s Office almost 4 years, and had a total of about 23 years in law enforcement.  “Shirley was an integral part of our Sheriff’s Office family, and she is terribly missed by all,” said West.