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Tiffany Hedrick says she honored to be the first female to win the Brett Markwood Award

LANCASTER − Fairfield County Sheriff’s Office Cpl. Tiffany Hedrick is the first female to win the Lancaster-Fairfield County Chamber of Commerce Brett Markwood Award.

She will obtain her award at the chamber’s annual awards banquet at 6:30 p.m. on May 9 at Fisher Catholic High School.

“I am truly, truly blessed and honored to be the one that’s representing our sheriff’s office to begin with and being the first female to actually receive this award,” Hedrick stated.

Corporal Tiffany Hedrick stands inside of the Fairfield County Sheriff's Office on April, 22, 2024, in Lancaster, Ohio. Corporal Hedrick was this year's Brett Mirkwood Award winner.Corporal Tiffany Hedrick stands inside of the Fairfield County Sheriff's Office on April, 22, 2024, in Lancaster, Ohio. Corporal Hedrick was this year's Brett Mirkwood Award winner.

Corporal Tiffany Hedrick stands inside the Fairfield County Sheriff’s Office on April, 22, 2024, in Lancaster, Ohio. Corporal Hedrick was this yr’s Brett Mirkwood Award winner.

The annual Markwood Award honors native first responders. It is known as after Brett Markwood, a metropolis police officer killed on responsibility in 1993 whereas chasing a theft suspect on Lincoln Avenue.

Hedrick did not know Markwood, however she does know his sister.

“Every time that we go to a memorial and every time we go to places that are representing the fallen officers, the Markwood family is always there,” she stated. “It’s one of those bittersweet moments. I wish it had never happened to their family, but I’m very honored to accept this award.”

Hedrick works in the sheriff’s group response unit and can also be a firearms teacher.

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“The community response unit is the public relations for Sheriff Alex Lape,” she stated. “So we go out and do his public relations. Which is fairs, festivals, parades. We go out and teach to the citizens of Fairfield County. We do civilian response to emergency situation training to businesses. We also do self-defense for young girls and all the way up to seniors.”

Hedrick’s unit additionally works with seniors to assist them keep away from scams, amongst different issues.

Hedrick has labored for the sheriff’s workplace since 1998.

“I always wanted to be in law enforcement even when I was a little girl,” he stated. “Everybody always has things that have happened in their personal life. There have been some situations that evolved when I was younger that drove me to wanting to protect and serve Fairfield County. That’s why I’ve always stayed here. I love this county and I never wanted to venture outside of where my hometown (Lancaster) is.”

Hedrick stated an excellent regulation enforcement officer should be prepared to hear and be compassionate and caring.

“When people call law enforcement they’re in probably the worst situation in their life at that moment,” she stated. “You have to respond and be able to try to make their life better and try to help the situation. Law enforcement is the best job ever. But you have to be a special person to be able to do this job.”

The chamber’s commerce present will precede the awards banquet and can run from 4:30 to 6 p.m. at Fisher Catholic.

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This article initially appeared on Lancaster Eagle-Gazette: Tiffany Hedrick is the first female to win the Brett Markwood Award

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