On Wednesday Port Clinton Kiwanis honored the Ottawa County Sheriff’s Office Deputy of the Year and the Port Clinton Police Department Officer of the Year. This year both rewards honored two recipients.
The Ottawa County Sheriff’s Office Deputies of the Year are Deputy Marc Nye and his K9 partner Nero. Nye is a nine year veteran of the Ottawa County Sheriff’s office. He began as a corrections officer in 2004, was promoted to the Patrol division in 2006 and was promoted to K9 Handler in 2012. He is also a member of the Ottawa County Sheriff’s Office Special Response Team. Nero is a 3 year old Belgian Malinois who received his training in Columbus and Fremont. He is a dual-purposed dog who excels in narcotics detection.
The Port Clinton Police Department Officers of the Year are Sergeant Joshua Nelson and his K9 partner Spike. Nelson began as a reserve officer in 2004, was promoted to Patrolman in 2007 and became K9 Handler in 2011. He is also a TASER instructor, sergeant of the midnight shift and an operator with the Ottawa County Special Response Team. Nelson was deployed for Operation Iraqi Freedom from Jan.-Dec. 2008. This is the second year in a row that Nelson and Spike are recipients of the Kiwanis Officer of the Year Award for the Port Clinton Police Department.