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Detective Matthew Miller of the Xenia Police Division (XPD) was recently awarded the department’s highest honor, the Casey Elliott Memorial “City’s Finest” Award. Detective Miller was among those honored at the 28th annual Police Awards ceremony at the Xenia Police Training Center.
The Casey Elliott “City’s Finest” Award was named after C.K. Elliott who joined the Xenia Police Division as a patrol officer in 1943. He ultimately rose to become Police Captain and then Acting Police Chief. Just two days after retiring, Elliott went on to serve as bailiff in Municipal Court. His career serving the citizens of Xenia totaled 35 years and the Ohio Senate later passed a resolution for him calling him a “truly outstanding Ohioan.” The Casey Elliott Memorial “City’s Finest” Award was set up by the Elliott family in recognition of police officers who distinguish themselves through an outstanding accomplishment, bravery or humanitarian service in police work.
Detective Matthew Miller, a 17-year veteran, was recognized for his dedication to law enforcement and to the Xenia Police Division. Miller has served as a field-training officer, evidence technician, BAC operator, bike patrol officer and OLC president. He has served as a detective since 2014 and is the division’s primary property room manager and arson investigator. Most recently, he was appointed the commander over the Division’s Special Technology Unit. This team remains very active since its inception and has been used for multiple callouts and mutual aid requests.
“Detective Matt Miller exemplifies the dedication and selflessness that we expect from our Officers,” said Chief Person. “Matt can be depended upon to take the right action at the right time to help those in need in our community.”
This year the Police Division presented more than 63 commendations. The following officers and communications operators were recognized: Officer Becky Andorfer, Officer Brian Atkins
Officer Ellyn Board, Officer Jarrod Cecil, Detective Holly Clay, Sergeant Matt Cvitkovich
Officer David Elliott, Sergeant Lon Etchison, Sergeant Matt Foubert, Officer Rudy Jones,
Officer Rob Kelley, Officer Ryan Linnell, Officer Dean Margioras, Officer Jackie Masur
Detective Matt Miller, Detective Jeff Moore, Officer Allie Mumpower, Sergeant Jeff Osburn
Officer Philip Pierson, Officer Chad Roelker, Officer Tim Roop, Officer Chad Shelley, Officer Daniel Smith, Officer Ezekiel Smith, Detective Doug Sparks, Officer Rob Swihart, Officer Tony Vitale, Officer Pat Walsh, Detective David Wilson, Officer Terry Zoerb, Communications Operator Molly Davis, Communications Operator TJ Fries, Communications Operator Becky Haas, Communications Operator Jillian Hughes, Communications Operator Kimberly Wheeler.
Tele-communicator of the Year was presented to Bambi Branchfield for always going above and beyond in her role as a Communications Operator.
Leadership Awards were presented to Sergeant Lon Etchison and Officer Rob Swihart for their continued outstanding leadership within the organization.
The Silver Shield Commendation was presented to Officer Chris Reed for the highest level of overall patrol operations within the patrol section.
The Meritorious Service Awards was presented to Detective Matthew Miller and Officer Allison Mumpower for an act which involved saving a life.