Shaw named top deputy in Kentucky for 2008

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By Sharon Graves


The News-Democrat

Carroll County Sheriff’s Deputy J.T. Shaw recently was named Deputy of the Year by the Kentucky Sheriff’s Association.

Shaw received the honor during the KSA’s annual conference Sept. 13 in Louisville.

Shaw, 33, has been with the local sheriff’s department for 18 months, and has been in law enforcement for five years.

Sheriff Ben Smith said Shaw probably is one of the most educated deputies in the state. “He is even certified in mountain biking.”

Smith said he nominated his deputy because of Shaw’s dedication. “He is just so dedicated to the community. He works so many hours for free; he worked over 100 hours on a suicide we had at General Butler State Park earlier this year trying to identify the victim, taking evidence to Frankfort and working with the family that doesn’t live here,” Smith said.

“He volunteers a lot of time to kids in the community, and he did a lot last Christmas with our program delivering food to shut-ins.”

Shaw also is serving as a mentor to the department’s newest member, Deputy Travis Price, who is currently in training and away from his family for the next four months,” Smith added.

Shaw remained humble. “I don’t do it for rewards or awards, but I am honored to receive such a prestigious award.”

Smith’s nomination packet included a letter of recommendation from Carroll County Judge-Executive Harold “Shorty” Tomlinson.

Tomlinson said he is pleased with Shaw’s win.

“We want to congratulate him on receiving this award voted on by his peers,” Tomlinson said. “He is a really nice young man who goes beyond the call of duty to serve the people of this county. He has a very professional manner, in addition to doing the sometimes dangerous duties of an officer.”

Sherry Phelps, bookkeeper in the sheriff’s office, who put together the application to nominate Shaw, said the packet included clippings from The News-Democrat of stories detailing cases Shaw has handled. It also included a clipping of a letter to the News-Democrat editor praising Shaw for how he handled a bus full of senior citizens that broke down near Carrollton on Interstate 71.