Camden, NJ—Sheriff Gilbert “Whip” Wilson honored 12 members of his staff Tuesday for their bravery and courage in the line of duty.

The sheriff presented unit citations and meritorious service awards to the individual officers for instances of exemplary work.

Officers who were recognized handled difficult situations involving armed criminal suspects and the outstanding work they did in resolving potentially volatile situations. In addition, officers that went above and beyond the call of duty to build bridges in the community were also honored.

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“The officers of the Camden County Office of the Sheriff are among the most dedicated civil servants in the region,” Sheriff Wilson said.  “We issue these awards to recognize them for their courage in the line of duty and for their devotion to this organization and this county and its communities.”

Among those being honored are Officers Evan L'esperance, Anthony Mireles and Frankie Thompson, who helped to deliver a healthy baby in the parking lot of Cooper Hospital in January. The three officers had been assigned to the Cooper Security Detail when they observed a nearby woman who turned out to be in labor.

All three officers received Exceptional Service Awards for their actions and devotion to duty.

Other award recipients were honored for their roles in investigating homicides, tracking gang activity, aiding federal investigators and other outstanding displays of courage and commitment to public service.           

Among those honored at Tuesday's ceremony were:

Meritorious Service Award

  • Sgt. Joseph Welsh III
  • S/O Robert Taylor

Exceptional Duty Award

  • S/O Glenn Vanleer
  • Sgt. Steven Myers
  • S/O Evan Lesperance
  • S/O Frankie Thompson
  • S/O Anthony Mireles
  • S/O Mark Kemner
  • BCI Unit Citation

Honorable Service Award

  • S/O Sean Smith
  • S/O David Ellerson
  • Sgt. Sharon Grate-Hameen