Port Clinton Police Officer Josh Nelson and Ottawa County Sheriff’s Deputy Heather Dornbusch were named as Port Clinton Kiwanis Law Enforcement Officers of the Year on Wednesday. The awards are annually given as voted on by the two local departments.
Dornbusch is a 12-year veteran of the Ottawa County Sheriffs Office. She began her career in 2000 as a part-time dispatcher. By December the same year, she was promoted to full-time dispatcher.
“Deputy Dornbusch’s dedication and commitment to Ottawa county and the Ottawa County Sheriff’s Office is remarkable,” said Sheriff Steve Levorchick when presenting the award. “Her level of professionalism and outstanding performance of duties to the citizens of Ottawa County is commendable. She takes initiative and is willing to assist fellow co-workers when needed, no matter what the task at hand.”
Levorchick noted that it was Dornbusch who jumped in the water for assisting a couple who were trapped in a submerged vehicle at Fenwick Marina.
“Her selfless actions and quick responsiveness has made a difference in the lives of others. Had she not acted when she did, two people would not be alive today,” he said.
Dornbusch is also an EMT for Carroll Township.
Nelson joined the force as a Reserve Officer in June of 2004. He became a full-time patrolman in May of 2007. When Sgt. Rob Hickman became police chief, he was given the additional duty of being the Department’s Canine Handler. He has since taken on the additional responsibility of being the TASER Instructor on the force.
“I had the pleasure of working with Josh for most of his full-time career with the Department as his Sergeant,” said Hickman. “Josh has always shown a willingness to accept responsibility and is a very self-motivated individual.” Hickman also noted that Nelson was deployed for Operation Iraqi Freedom throughout all of 2008.
“I was fortunate enough in my career to spend over 22 years as canine handler, instructor and trainer. When promoted to Chief of Police, I was faced with the decision to hand over the reins of the canine handler within the Department. Josh stepped up and I couldn’t be prouder of our decision to all him that opportunity,” said the chief.