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People recognized for dedication to helping crime victims

April 27, 2007|By ERIN JULIUS

Citizens who took action when they witnessed a crime, an officer investigating incidents on his own time and a deputy who reached out to a child at Christmas were just a few people the state's attorney's office recognized this week for their dedication to helping crime victims.

They were recognized as part of National Victims' Rights Week activities.

"It's a simple thank you," said Jill Ritter of the Victim Witness Unit for the state's attorney's office.

Sgt. Robert Whittington of the Washington County Sheriff's Department went "above and beyond" when he worked on an assault case during his personal time, Ritter said. Sheriff's Deputy Mark E. Price works with domestic violence cases and worked especially hard on a recent stalking case, Ritter said.

Arsons tend to be difficult cases to investigate, but Assistant Fire Marshal Richard Miller was meticulous and thorough when he investigating a recent arson, Ritter said. He also qualified as an expert witness to testify during the trial, she said.

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Washington County Sheriff's Department Deputy Carl Witmer was honored because he was compassionate and consoling during two domestic violence cases, Ritter said. He gave one of the children involved a Christmas present, Ritter said.

Two civilians also were honored for their involvement in notifying authorities about a crime they witnessed, Ritter said.

The honorees received a gift certificate to a local restaurant, breakfast and a certificate of appreciation, Ritter said.

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